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New Jersey Vehicle Accident Report: December 2018

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Countless people do not think about the dangers of driving until it’s too late. This past month alone, several tragic accidents occurred on New Jersey roads that all had fatal results. The legal team at Peter Davis & Associates aims to keep our community informed and prepared if they’re involved in a collision.

As we enter the new year, we hope you and your loved ones stay safe while traveling on the roadways. If you have suffered injuries in a collision that wasn’t your fault, our New Jersey car accident lawyers are here to help.

See our December accident report below for updates on some of the most serious vehicle accidents that happened in New Jersey.

Woman Killed in Rear-End Accident

Helga Risor, 82, of Lakewood was killed after her 1988 Lincoln Town Car rear-ended a dump truck that stopped in the road to avoid a man chasing his dog. “Risor suffered serious injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene,” stated Manchester Capt. Todd Malland.

The crash happened near the intersection of South Hope Chapel Road, or Route 547, and Ridge Avenue in the Ridgeway section of the township.

30-year-old, Evel Perez, of Camden was the driver of the dump truck, which was hauling a full load at the time of the accident. Perez did not sustain any injuries as a result of the crash. In a statement, Malland said that Risor’s car was “extensively damaged” after skidding and hitting the back of the dump truck.

While the investigation is ongoing, the fatal accident is believed to be due in part to Risor’s failure to pay attention.

College Student Serving as Designated Driver Killed in Car Crash

20-year-old Michael Sot, a student at the College of New Jersey, was killed in a car accident while acting as the designated driver for his friends.

On December 2nd, Sot was driving a group of his friends when another car going the opposite direction crossed into their lane causing a head-on collision. The driver of the other vehicle, 22-year-old David Lamar, has been charged with vehicular homicide and several counts of assault by auto, ABC Eyewitness News reported.

Sot’s death impacted his family and the entire community, as hundreds of people attended the young man’s viewing.

“He was an amazing role model to me and my siblings and a kid who always put others before himself,” Sot’s younger brother Jon said. “I’ll remember playing football and baseball with him and seeing his smile the most. Mike was being responsible just as he always was. I am proud to be his brother. He is now an inspiration to everyone.”

22-year-old Dies in Atlantic County Motorcycle Crash

22-year-old, Steven Barger, of Hammonton was killed when his motorcycle hit a utility pole in Buena Vista Township at South Harding Highway and Wheat Road.

According to State Police, weather conditions were dry and clear that night when Barger’s motorcycle left the road and collided with the pole.

New Jersey Couple Killed in Car Crash on the Way to Their Wedding

Officials in Union County stated that Kathryn Schurtz and her fiance, Joseph Kearney, were tragically killed as a result of a multi-vehicle crash on I-78 in Berks County, reported ABC Eyewitness News.

The New Jersey couple was on the way to their wedding in Pittsburgh when a tractor-trailer ran into the back of a car, sparking the deadly chain-reaction crash involving five commercial vehicles and the couple’s car, according to State Police.

Contact Us for Help

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Motor vehicle accidents such as these have the ability to drastically alter the lives of everyone involved. At Peter Davis & Associates, we are dedicated to fighting for the rights of victims who have suffered an injury or experienced the wrongful death of a loved one due to someone else’s negligence.

While we can’t change what happened, we can help you obtain any compensation you are entitled to and ensure you aren’t taken advantage of by the guilty party or an insurance company.

Please don’t hesitate to contact one of our experienced New Jersey car accident lawyers today. We can guide you through the process of filing a claim to receive compensation for any medical bills, property damage, or lost wages you have incurred as a result of your accident.

Call our law office today at (973) 279-7246 or fill out our contact form to schedule a free consultation.

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