An 18-year-old from New Jersey was behind bars after a fatal accident that left a man in his 20s dead. The man had married only 3 weeks before he died in the crash.
Police say that the young man apparently exchanged harsh words with another driver also traveling along a local road. After the altercation, the 18-year-old aggressively ran into the other driver, causing the elderly man to lose control of his car.
The man who had been hit then lost control and traveled into oncoming traffic. The man slammed into the newlywed’s vehicle head-on. He was rushed to a nearby hospital where he died from his injuries.
The man whom the aggressive driver stuck also suffered significant injuries. He was hospitalized, but authorities said his condition was stable.
The young man who apparently caused this accident was not hurt. However, he will face a manslaughter charge and may face other criminal charges as well.
Police are awaiting the results of a blood test performed on the young man immediately following the accident. They also have asked the public to come forward with any additional information.
Compensation is available after accidents involving aggressive driving
There is simply no excuse for accidents caused by aggressive drivers. Every driver in the Trenton area must keep calm behind the wheel and should never react in anger by cutting a person off, crowding a vehicle or taking other aggressive actions.
If a driver cannot control his temper, he quite simply should not drive.
The young man who caused this accident or his insurance company may have to pay compensation to both the victim and the deceased victim’s family. Given the nature of this accident, punitive damages may be available.
In the event the young man has no ability to pay, the victims may have to pursue other options through their own insurance companies or even determine if there are other responsible parties.