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Personal injury becomes wrongful death when crash victim dies

Understanding a hit-and-run driver's actions will always be a challenge. This applies particularly if there is personal injury or death involved. These incidents typically leave the loved ones of victims with many unanswered questions. One particularly tragic hit-and-run accident recently led to the deaths of two teenagers in New Jersey.

According to police statements, a 20-year-old man traveled with four passengers in his vehicle on an elevated highway in Jersey City on a recent Wednesday. Under yet unknown circumstances, the driver struck a bike that carried a 16-year-old teen and his 15-year-old friend. While the older teen was flung off the highway and then rushed to the hospital, his younger friend died at the accident scene. However, the surviving teen succumbed to his injuries two days later.

Authorities say the car was severely damaged when it struck the bike, but the driver continued driving for another 200 yards, then stopped and fled on foot along with two of the passengers. The other two returned to the crash scene where they received medical treatment for minor injuries. An expansive search was launched for the driver.

Surviving family members of deceased victims of hit-and-run accidents are sometimes left in limbo when the driver believed responsible is on the run. Once the driver has been identified, they can pursue financial relief by filing wrongful death claims against that individual in a civil court. If the victim survived but suffered personal injury, a similar claim for financial relief may be made. Navigating the legal proceedings of such claims could be less complicated with the support and guidance of an experienced New Jersey personal injury attorney.

Source: NBC New York, "Boy Who Was Flung Over Fence in NJ Hit-Run Dies; Warrant Issued for Driver", Rana Novini, Checkey Beckford, Oct. 20, 2017

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