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How important are accident investigations?

Accidents during the holiday season are especially tough. The end of the year is typically when people hold holiday parties and family get-togethers. This is also a time where alcohol consumption can increase and lead to disastrous results. Such was unfortunately the case on a road in West New York.

Late on Saturday night, a woman from Clifton was driving her car west on Hillside Road when a driver coming from the other direction lost control of his car. The two cars collided, with the eastbound car careening through a fence and into the hillside. Authorities found the driver trapped in his car and critically injured. He was extracted from the vehicle and taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. 

Authorities have not completed an investigation, but early indications suggest that speed, road conditions and alcohol may have played a part in causing the crash. An accident investigation is also important because it can answer lingering questions surrounding fault. This is important not only in establishing potential criminal liability, but for civil liability as well.

Essentially, if a driver is found to have failed to use reasonable care while behind the wheel, he or she could be held liable for the accident caused and the ensuing injuries. This means that a person injured in the crash can seek monetary compensation for pain and suffering, lost wages, medical expenses and rehabilitation expenses.

If you are involved in a crash during the holiday season, contact an experienced personal injury attorney. 

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