As more people returned to commuting to work and school, and driving to shops and restaurants, 2021 proved to be a deadly year on New Jersey roads. Losing a loved one in a car crash is never easy, especially if the crash could have been prevented. When that happens, the victim’s survivors may want to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit.
Traffic fatalities rise in 2021
In 2021, 690 people lost their lives in motor vehicle accidents in New Jersey. This is the greatest number of yearly traffic fatalities since 2007, and it is the third year in a row that traffic deaths are on the rise. According to State Police 660 motor vehicle accidents in 2021 lead to the deaths of 690 individuals — 103 more fatalities than in 2020. In addition, 2021 saw 218 fatal pedestrian accidents, 39 more than in 2020. Also, 2021 saw 23 fatal bicycle accidents, five more than in 2020.
Pursuing a wrongful death lawsuit
There are several elements that must be met if you want to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit following a fatal car accident. First, the defendant must have owed the deceased a duty. All motorists are tasked with the duty of driving reasonably under the circumstances. Second, this duty must have been breached. Third, the breach must have been the cause of the accident and must have been predictable. Finally, the death must have resulted in damages, such as lost income, funeral expenses, medical expenses and loss of services.
Learn more about your rights
If you lost a loved one in a motor vehicle accident, you will want to make sure you understand your rights. For some, this includes the right to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit. While a lawsuit cannot bring back a loved one lost, it can go a long way to help you out during an emotionally and financially difficult time.