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Determining liability following a car accident in Tom’s River is often a top priority (as it assists in getting compensation to those involved in the collision more quickly). However, assigning fault may often not be as simple as merely saying that one driver’s actions (or inactions) contributed to the outcome).

Indeed, it is not uncommon to see blame placed on multiple parties. Often it takes an unintended (and unknown) collaboration of effort to produce the devasting results that often accompany car accidents.

A sad conclusion to a tragic accident

Local authorities are currently attempting to determine if that is what happened in a recent two-car collision in Ramsey. An SUV struck a sedan on Route 17, causing the sedan to crash into the center divider. Five people were traveling in the sedan, with two of them suffering minor injuries and another two sustaining more serious (yet still non-life-threatening) injuries. Sadly, the fifth passenger (a Newark woman) was not as fortunate. She flew out of the vehicle in the collision. First responders later pronounced her dead after arriving at the scene. It was not reported whether the driver of the SUV escaped injury or not.

Spreading liability out among multiple parties

In a case like this, many may say that liability is clear: it is the fault of the driver whose vehicle struck the other. However, one might also argue that the driver of the other vehicle had a responsibility to ensure that their passengers were safely restrained. In cases where accident victims are in need of financial assistance to help deal with the expenses the incident saddled them with, they may pursue liability claims against all those believed to be at fault. Anyone needing to do this may first wish to consult with an experienced attorney.