$965,000 Settlement in Union County, NJ Wrongful Death Lawsuit

The estate of a woman who was killed in an automobile accident recently settled its claims against a negligent driver and bar for a total of $965,000. The decedent, 19, had been drinking at the bar with an acquaintance. After leaving the bar, while driving, the acquaintance’s car left Route 22 in Watchung and hit an embankment. The car burst into flames and the decedent, the only passenger in the vehicle, was killed. Defendants sued in the case included the negligent driver, whose blood alcohol was twice the legal limit at the time of the accident, in addition to the bar that served the pair alcohol prior to the accident. The case settled prior to trial.