As people ride in a motor vehicle, it is normal for them to focus on getting to their planned destination and handling their daily business. It typically comes as a surprise when a person ends up being seriously injured or even losing his or her life in an unexpected car crash while on the road. New York family members who are left behind likely experience deep sorrow and struggle to comprehend how such a tragedy could have taken place on what otherwise would have been a normal day. In this situation, the loved ones reserve the right to sue the person who appears to have caused the fatal accident for monetary damages stemming from the wreckage.
One recent fatal crash in New York involved a single car in the early morning hours. Authorities said the accident took place when one car hit the median of the road. The automobile then flipped, slid on its roof and struck a tree.
The 26-year-old male passenger in the front seat died at the scene of the crash, according to police. Meanwhile, three other people in the vehicle suffered injuries. The driver, who was 31 years old, suffered trauma to his body and head. The two other survivors suffered only minor injuries.
The driver of the vehicle involved in the fatal accident may be faced with lawsuits filed by the injured parties as well as the family of the deceased passenger. The injured individuals may file personal injury claims, while the loved ones of the deceased victim can seek monetary damages by means of a wrongful death claim to seek reimbursement for funeral costs and other damages permitted under our laws. A civil court in New York will ultimately adjudicate monetary damage claims if liability is appropriately established via proof of negligence.
Source: New York Daily News, Deadly car flip on Long Island Expressway kills passenger, Tina Moore and Mark Morales, Jan. 1, 2014