A car accident recently took the life of one boy and seriously injured his mother. The accident occurred in Highland Park on a recent Saturday afternoon in January. When a fatal car accident in New Jersey occurs due to a driver's negligence, loved ones of a deceased victim are typically entitled to file a wrongful death suit against the driver believed responsible.
The driver of the vehicle is now facing charges in regard to his alleged involvement in the fatal crash. Authorities say his vehicle jumped a curb and then struck two pedestrians on the sidewalk, the mother and son. The driver is now facing two counts of aggravated assault stemming from the crash.
The 6-year-old boy and his 37-year-old mother had been walking on the road shoulder when a vehicle suddenly exited a strip mall, hitting a concrete container which held a trash can in the process. The two pedestrians were rushed to a local hospital, where the boy died shortly thereafter. His mother remains hospitalized and was in critical condition at last report.
If the driver ends up being convicted on any of the two criminal charges against him, the conviction may help advance any related wrongful death or personal injury claims in a New Jersey civil court. When a fatal car accident like this one occurs in New Jersey, surviving victims -- and/or the surviving families of deceased victims -- typically choose to consult an experienced personal injury attorney. The attorney can best determine what legal steps may be appropriate in regard to any potential claims for monetary damages based upon the negligence of another party to the collision.