Conviction for Fatal Distracted Driving Accident
You’ve always heard it since you were a child – look both ways before crossing the street. Always use the crosswalk and be vigilant while walking or biking along the road.
It’s wise advice, but no amount of advice can protect you from a distracted driver who isn’t even paying attention to the road. If a driver’s eyes are on their phone, then they’re traveling significant distances without knowing where they’re going. This often leads to tragedy for pedestrians who are struck. A recent criminal case in New Jersey is spreading awareness about the dangerous trend. Learn what happened to one texting driver below.
Justice for Pedestrians
Pedestrians who get hit by moving cars are usually injured. In the worst cases, pedestrians can be killed by reckless drivers. This month, a New Jersey courtroom achieved a conviction that’s helping spread public awareness about texting and driving.
According to the court case, a pedestrian was walking across the street at a crosswalk. Witnesses confirmed that the pedestrian wasn’t jaywalking and was walking while the light was red. Suddenly, a car jolted forward and slammed into the pedestrian. The injured victim was taken to a local hospital for treatment, but she did not survive.
Police immediately began investigating what caused the collision. According to the driver of the vehicle that struck the pedestrian, his car was jolted forward due to the car behind him smashing into his rear. That’s when police began questioning Alexandra Mansonet, the driver of the second vehicle. Over the course of the investigation, it became clear that the pedestrian’s injuries resulted from a classic texting and driving case.
The driver claims they were distracted by a text message, but they weren’t actively texting. A judge and jury decided that the driver’s actions were reckless and amounted to vehicular homicide. Now, Mansonet faces up to ten years in jail.
Wrongful Death Claims
When your loved one has passed away due to someone’s negligence, you can pursue more than just criminal justice. You may also decide to seek out a wrongful death claim against the person responsible. This type of civil lawsuit will provide the financial support you need to cover losses like funeral expenses, medical bills incurred prior to passing and a loss of support from your loved one.
Contact a Haddonfield Personal Injury Lawyer to Discuss Your Case in New Jersey
Has a loved one suffered a wrongful death 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 Andres & Berger, P.C. represent clients injured because of distracted driving accidents in Haddonfield, Cherry Hill, Voorhees, Marlton, and throughout New Jersey. Call 856-437-4080 or fill out our online contact form to schedule a free consultation about your case. We have an office conveniently located at 264 Kings Highway East, Haddonfield, New Jersey, 08033.
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