In a matter of seconds, someone’s normal night can easily be snatched from him or her as a result of a motor vehicle accident. This is particularly true in a head-on collision, which can take place if one driver fails to remain focused on the road and ends up veering into the path of oncoming traffic. This type of motor vehicle accident in New York may easily cause death or serious injuries due to the nature of the immediate impact between two quickly moving automobiles.
A two-vehicle crash recently took place in New York in Huntington Station. A car driven by a 23-year-old man was heading south when it went into the northbound lane. There, it hit a minivan.
The man suffered head injuries and was transported to the hospital. His passenger, a 30-year-old, died at the scene of the accident. The driver of the minivan as well as his wife and children, suffered injuries and were taken to a hospital, where they were treated for their injuries. No charges had been filed, and police continued to investigate the crash.
If it is found that the driver of the car was speeding or engaging in distracted driving at the time of the crash, then proof of this may be offered to help to establish his liability as a result of the motor vehicle accident. Absent other evidence, failure to maintain one’s lane certainly may be considered negligent driving as well. In such a case, the family of the deceased victim may choose to sue the driver by means of a wrongful death lawsuit, seeking reimbursement of monetary damages that can help to pay for funeral costs and other damages recognized under New York law. Personal injury claims also may be filed by injured victims, and financial restitution from a successfully litigated claim can help with medical costs and even assist in addressing pain and suffering or emotional distress. Competent proof of negligence is required in order for liability to be established in a civil proceeding.
Source: Long Island Newsday, Police: Huntington Station resident killed in crash, Candice Ruud and Candice Ferrette, Jan. 18, 2014