Family members of a loved one who has been injured in a car crash may feel a combination of grief and relief that the individual was not killed. However, if the injury occurred through no fault of the victim, the victim may be angered. This is particularly true if the driver who allegedly caused the accident was speeding, which is a negligent act. The injured party can pursue financial damages in these types of car accidents in New York, even if the person who is believed to have caused the crash to happen passed away following the incident.
Police said that one teenager died and two were injured recently following a single-car collision in New York. A 17-year-old boy was driving on Route 292. He then lost control of his car while trying to navigate a curve.
That is when the vehicle spun around and struck a utility pole. The car also hit multiple trees. The driver died at the scene of the accident. The two passengers in the vehicle suffered injuries and were transported to a hospital. Police said that unsafe speed appears to have been the primary cause of the collision.
It is within the rights of the injured passengers to sue for monetary damages to cover costs resulting from the injuries sustained in these types of car accidents. Particularly if the speed of the vehicle is established in accordance with the preliminary evidence, which can be indicative of driver negligence in New York. It may also support a claim of reckless conduct in this case. Even if the person who caused the collision has died, the injured parties and their family members could still file a personal injury claim against the estate of the deceased and the separate owners of the vehicle. Liability must be established according to the civil court’s guidelines before claims for monetary damages are decided.
Source: NewsTimes.com, 1 teen killed, 2 hurt in 1-car crash in upstate NY, No author, Oct. 21, 2013