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2-vehicle crash in Woodbine leaves 1 man dead

A 38-year-old man was killed in a motor-vehicle accident at approximately 12:40 p.m. on Aug. 30 on Route 49 when his Honda CR-V collided with a limousine bus. According to New Jersey State Police, the Mercedes Sprinter luxury bus was eastbound on the roadway and crossed the center line. The victim swerved to avoid the collision, but the limousine struck the Honda's driver's side, which sent both vehicles spinning. The sport-utility vehicle overturned, and the driver was pronounced dead at the scene about an hour after the collision.

The news source did not report any passengers in the limo at the time of the accident. That vehicle's driver suffered minor injuries and was taken to Shore Memorial Hospital. No charges were filed on the day of the incident.

A head-on car accident can result in the death of a driver involved. Surviving family members of a fatal accident victim have the right to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the entity they believe was responsible for the crash. The family can sue for economic damages that include the loss of personal property, the loss of current or future income and benefits and medical expenses incurred prior to death and other calculable financial harm.

Compensation from a wrongful death suit can also account for certain non-economic damages. These kinds of damages cannot be objectively calculated, so their value is determined by the jury involved in the case. In some instances, the potential defendant of this type of litigation will wish to avoid legal proceedings and attempt to negotiate a settlement that covers both monetary and non-monetary losses.

Source: pressofAtlanticCity, "Pennsylvania man dies in Woodbine crash", August 30, 2014

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