Two men lost their lives on Interstate 80 in a fatal accident in Lodi, New Jersey, last month. A Honda Civic with three passengers became disabled and came to a stop in the center lane of eastbound traffic. As the men waited inside the car, a Ford F-150 slammed into the back of the Honda.
Both vehicles immediately caught fire, trapping the driver of the Honda and one of the Honda's passengers. The two men trapped in the Honda's fire died at the scene of the car accident. A third passenger in the Honda survived but went to the hospital in critical condition. The Ford's driver faces criminal charges for his role in the fatal accident.
The families of the deceased victims will never be able to fully address their loss. It may be possible, however, for them to seek compensation for economic losses stemming from the death of their family member. These damages might include medical expenses incurred before death, funeral and burial expenses, loss of companionship and lost wages.
Wrongful death lawsuits can be challenging. Seeking the assistance of an experienced professional allows family members time to contend with the emotional consequences of their loss while their case is pursued in a timely manner.
Wrongful death cases sometimes require independent investigation of the factors that contributed to the accident. These investigations are most successful when started quickly after the fatal accident.
The survivor of this accident and his family may also potentially have relief available to them. They might consider seeking compensation for damages such as pain and suffering, lost wages, medical expenses, rehabilitation and other economic losses.
Source: Community News, "Two men killed in crash on Route 80 in Lodi," Susan Joy Clark, April 19, 2012