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Personal injury: Alleged drunk driver causes fatal rollover crash

A fatal accident investigations unit recently responded to a scene of a wreck that killed two New Jersey women. Authorities say this was a single-vehicle accident that was allegedly caused by the negligence of a drunk driver. The driver is now facing criminal charges, and she may also have to face civil lawsuits of personal injury and wrongful death.

According to an accident report, the crash occurred shortly after 1 a.m. in Paramus when a car with four occupants rolled off Route 4. The cause is still under investigation, but authorities say the vehicle rolled several times and came to rest in the parking lot of the Bergen Town Center. The driver and her three passengers were ejected.

Two women, ages 18 and 20, lost their lives. One was declared dead at the crash scene, and the other one was transported to the hospital, but she succumbed to her injuries. The 23-year-old driver and a male passenger were hospitalized, but the man was released after treatment of his injuries.

The Bergen County Prosecutor alleged the operator of the vehicle was intoxicated and reckless. If those charges can be proved, the families of the deceased passengers can pursue financial relief to help them cope with end-of-life expenses and other financial and emotional losses. The injured victim may also seek recovery of damages by filing a lawsuit in a New Jersey civil court. Wrongful death lawsuits are typically best navigated by an experienced personal injury attorney who can help with the establishment of negligence before presenting the claim to the court.

Source: paramus.dailyvoice.com, "2 Garfield Women Killed In Paramus Rollover Crash, Driver Charged", Jerry DeMarco, Aug. 27, 2017

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