In a tragic turn of events, a fatal car crash that occurred on a stretch of highway in Monmouth County recently claimed the life of a teenage girl. The car accident remains under investigation as officials attempt to determine the cause.
Thus far, New Jersey State Police have released limited information related to the accident, which occurred just at approximately 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, November 5th, on Interstate 195 in Upper Freehold. The driver, a 17-year-old girl whose identity remains undisclosed, was driving eastbound in the highway’s left lane near mile marker 9 at the time of the crash.
In an announcement, New Jersey State Police Sergeant 1st Class Gregory Williams said that the single-car crash occurred after the young woman lost control of her 2001 Toyota Camry, which veered off the road and collided with a tree. First responders arrived at the scene to find the driver already deceased. She was pronounced dead at the scene at 10:59 a.m.
Now, investigators from the New Jersey State Police Fatal Accident Investigation and Crime Scene units, as well as the New Jersey Department of Transportation, are tasked with identifying the cause of this devastating accident. The right lane of Interstate 195 was closed during the accident investigation, which is ongoing.
Although these accidents can occur for a variety of reasons, there are instances where negligence is a key contributor. For example, single car accidents of this kind can be caused by vehicle manufacturing and design defects which leave unsuspecting drivers vulnerable. Similarly, negligent auto body repairs can fail to correct problems that are critical to the vehicle’s proper functioning.
A thorough investigation by state officials is always important; however, cases like these often require forensic experts and accident reconstructionists who provide more expertise in the area and thus, more complete and concrete conclusions regarding negligence. If the surviving family suspects that the accident may have been caused by road defects, improper vehicle design or manufacturing, negligent repairs, or other factors, they may have grounds to file a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of the young woman whose life was ended all too soon.
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