A crash in Hawthorne on Labor Day led to the death of one vehicle occupant and injuries for another occupant. 


Vehicle Crash on Route 208 Leads to Occupant Injury and Fatality

The Hawthorne Volunteer Ambulance Corps confirmed on social media following that the driver of a vehicle involved in a crash on Route 208 in Hawthorne on Labor Day had died from their injuries. Another individual was taken to The Valley Hospital for treatment for injuries. The accident took place on Route 208 between Goffle Road in Hawthorne and Grandview Avenue in Wyckoff. A sedan was seen crashing into the trees along the highway shoulder. The accident left Route 208 southbound closed for several hours on Monday while authorities investigated and cleaned up the accident scene. 

Common Causes of Car Accidents

Some of the most frequent causes of car accidents in New Jersey include:

  • Speeding
  • Reckless driving, including excessive speeding, street racing, or swerving through traffic
  • Running red lights and stop signs
  • Failing to yield the right of way
  • Unsafe turns and lane changes
  • Distracted driving, especially texting while driving
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs
  • Drowsy or fatigued driving
  • Vehicle defects
  • Inadequate vehicle maintenance
  • Adverse weather, including rain, snow, or fog
  • Poor road conditions, including slick surfaces, pothole/broken pavement, or roadway debris

What to Do After Being Involved in a Car Crash

If you were involved in a car accident in New Jersey, there are steps that you need to take to help protect your rights to pursue financial compensation for any personal injury or property damage you suffered in the accident. These actions include:

  • Taking photos and video of the accident scene if it is safe to do so, including vehicle damage, marks on the road, debris in the roadway, traffic controls, and weather/lighting/traffic conditions
  • Seeking medical attention as soon as possible to have a physician diagnose any injuries you may have sustained in the accident
  • Notifying your insurer about the accident
  • Keeping copies of records of expenses incurred due to the accident, as well as copies of your pay stubs or wage statements if you miss time from work
  • Keeping a journal to record the pain and impairment you experience during your recovery
  • Talking to a car accident attorney to better understand your legal rights and to get representation to help guide you through the claims process

Financial Recovery Available After a Car Accident

Following a car accident caused by another driver or party’s fault, you may be entitled to recover compensation for expenses and losses that you incurred due to the crash. Financial recovery in a car accident claim can include money for:

  • Costs to repair damage to your vehicle, or reimbursement for your car’s value if it is declared totaled after the accident
  • Medical and rehabilitation expenses
  • Costs of long-term personal care and healthcare services if you suffer permanent disability or impairment
  • Ongoing and future losses of income and earning potential
  • Pain and suffering
  • Lost quality of life because of disabilities or permanent scarring and disfigurement

Contact a Hawthorne Personal Injury Lawyer to Discuss Your Car Accident Case in New Jersey

Did you or a loved one sustain serious injuries due to a car accident in New Jersey? Don’t let the medical bills pile up while you wait for the negligent party or their insurance company to do the right thing. Right now, you need an aggressive personal injury attorney on your side, fighting to get you the compensation you need, want, and deserve. The skilled attorneys at The Epstein Law Firm represent clients injured because of car accidents in Hawthorne, Wyckoff, Ridgewood, Fair Lawn, and throughout New Jersey. Call (201) 380-7687 or fill out our online contact form to schedule a free consultation about your case. We have an office conveniently located at 340 West Passaic St., Rochelle Park, NJ 07762.

The articles on this blog are for informative purposes only and are no substitute for legal advice or an attorney-client relationship. If you are seeking legal advice, please contact our law firm directly.