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Two men indicted in fatal New Jersey road rage incident

The loss of a loved in a fatal car accident on a New Jersey road can cause great distress to surviving family members, especially if the accidental death was due to the negligent actions of another party. When the death was allegedly caused by the road rage of two drivers, the distress may be even more acute.

In New Jersey recently, the drivers of two cars involved in a fatal accident were indicted on vehicular manslaughter charges. According to authorities, one car tried to pass the other in an exit lane during a road rage incident. The driver of one of the vehicles lost control and collided with the other vehicle, causing a passenger in the back seat of the second vehicle to be ejected and fatally injured.

The criminal indictments may give the surviving family members a sense that justice is being done. The survivors also have the right to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the two drivers, seeking financial compensation for their loss.

In a wrongful death lawsuit, the deceased victim's next of kin can recover damages for loss of financial support and loss of companionship, as well as medical and funeral expenses. The survivors must prove that negligence or other wrongful conduct by the defendant caused the death. Where the defendants are accused of acting in callous disregard for the safety of others, which is arguably the case in a road rage incident, punitive damages may also be recoverable. Punitive damages are intended to punish and deter wrongful conduct. An experienced New Jersey personal injury attorney can help family members review their legal options.

Source: lohud.com, "New City man, 22, indicted in fatal NJ road-rage crash," April 2, 2014.

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