Recently, an accident took the life of a young NYPD police officer. Authorities say the fatal accident occurred in Union County on a recent Sunday morning in February. When fatal car accidents occur due to the negligence of another party, families of New Jersey victims are typically entitled to file wrongful death claims in the civil justice system.
Investigators say that the 25-year-old off-duty police officer was involved in a minor fender bender on the New Jersey Turnpike in Elizabeth around 3 a.m. He stepped out of his vehicle to survey the damage. As he did so, he was struck by a car. He suffered severe injuries and died at the scene.
A 35-year-old Linden man was recently arrested and is now facing charges in connection with this fatal hit-and-run accident. The man turned himself in to New Jersey authorities the day after the accident. He has been charged with one count of second-degree leaving the scene of a fatal accident. His bail has been set at $100,000.
Wrongful death claims can do little to assuage families' grief when loved ones are involved in fatal car accidents. Successfully presented claims can, however, provide some financial relief from the financial burdens that are often associated with these types of tragedies. The compensation derived may provide restitution for the cost of funeral bills, lost income and other documented damages. A New Jersey family grieving the loss of a loved one in a fatal crash typically chooses to consult an experienced personal injury attorney to advocate for them by seeking to hold all parties deemed responsible fully accountable.
Source: abc7ny.com, "Driver charged in hit-and-run that killed off-duty NYPD officer", N.J. Burkett, Feb. 29, 2016