A New Jersey woman was charged with vehicular homicide because of her involvement in an accident that left a 58-year-old man dead. According to authorities, the 35-year-old woman was texting and driving when the crash occurred. Her original charge had been causing death while driving with a suspended license, but her charges were upgraded when it became evident that she had been texting. She is the first in Essex County to face homicide charges because of texting and driving. If she is convicted, she could face up to 10 years in prison.

According to prosecutors, she had been texting while she was driving in the southbound express lanes of Route 1 & 9 in Newark on Oct. 10. She hit a pickup truck after crossing into the local lanes, and the force of the collision caused the truck to overturn, ejecting the driver. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The 58-year-old Elizabeth man who lost his life because of the car accident was a welder who had been married for 36 years. He was a father of three, and one of his sons spoke with a reporter, telling him that his father was always willing to do anything for his family.

The families of those who have lost their lives in car accidents may wish to pursue compensation, particularly if they believe that negligence played a part. A personal injury attorney might be able to help by examining the case and gathering information from authorities and witnesses regarding who may have been at fault. This information might be used to pursue a wrongful death claim in civil court.

Source: WABC, "Rahway woman charged with homicide in texting-while-driving crash", October 23, 2013