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Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed In Deadly Motorcycle Accident

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A Denville NJ teenager and her father, who is the owner of the car his daughter was driving, are being sued for negligence and wrongful death after a June crash in June on Route 15 near Morristown NJ that killed a 47 year old motorcyclist. 


According to Jefferson County NJ police, the teenager was driving on Edison Rd. in Morristown and was crossing Route 15 when she struck the rear of the man’s motorcycle. She was not charged with criminal offenses but was cited for making an unsafe lane change and also having three other teenagers in the car, which is against NJ state law.

According to the wrongful death lawsuit, the teenager did not take reasonable care owed to the motorcyclist. As a result, the lawsuit states, the man was severely injured and was in great physical and mental pain for several days before dying on June 21.

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Our Virginia wrongful death accident attorneys are saddened at this fatal motorcycle rear end crash. It is a shame that this teenager was disobeying new state laws that do not allow a teenager at 17 to drive in a vehicle with three other teenagers. It is highly likely that she was somehow distracted and this caused the deadly crash.

Those whose loved ones die in such a manner need to prove four things to win a wrongful death lawsuit: 

  • The death was caused in whole or in part by the defendant.
  • The death occurred because of negligence by the defendant.
  • The death has affected the family who are beneficiaries in a settlement.
  • The death of the person led to financial damages.

The amount of damages that can be won in a wrongful death lawsuit depends upon the state and the jury, but typically, these cases result in large financial settlements or verdicts.