On Aug. 30 at around 8:30 a.m, a 39-year-old driver of a Chevy Silverado reportedly crossed the center line into oncoming traffic on Route 40 in Hamilton Township. He struck a small truck followed by a Volkswagen Jetta. The 18-year-old driver of the Jetta along with three freshman girls were all injured in the crash, and a 14-year-old passenger was airlifted to a local trauma center for treatment where she was on life support. She later died of her injuries on Sept. 3. The other girls in the vehicle were all treated for their injuries and released on the day of the accident. The investigation is still ongoing into what caused the incident, but investigators have stated that the 18-year-old driver of the Jetta reacted to the impact like an experienced driver and may have possibly prevented additional injuries or casualties. When a car accident such as this results in the loss of a life, the family may be able to file a claim against the responsible party for their loss. Hospital bills after such an incident may be very high, and the cost for a funeral will likely add further financial strain. If a driver has demonstrated a degree of negligence leading to the death or injury of another, they may be deemed at fault in a legal sense and held liable to damages. In addition to financial losses, a victim or relative of the deceased may pursue compensation for pain and suffering and punitive damages if the negligent party acted recklessly or was under the influence. A car accident attorney may be able to offer advice on the situation for those considering legal recourse. Source: Press of Atlantic City, "Vigil held in memory of Mainland teen who died from injuries in weekend crash", Michelle Brunetti Post, September 03, 2014