A one-vehicle accident in New York can be the basis for a personal injury claim if there were passengers involved. Such accidents tend to include collisions with poles, trees or even buildings. One or more occupants may be ejected, either in a rollover or as the vehicle makes impact with a tree or other unyielding object. The event can easily become a fatal accident due to such perilous factors. Consequently, whenever there are one or more passengers in a vehicle that is driven so negligently that it leaves the roadway and crashes, the prospect for injury or death to the passengers looms large.
When a passenger is killed in an auto accident, that person's estate is entitled to collect damages from any of the drivers who negligently contributed to causing the accident. This would normally be done through the passenger’s estate. If the passenger was in the car that caused the fatal accident, his or her estate may still recover from the driver. New York, like most states, has a form of comparative negligence that governs recoveries in negligence cases.
When a passenger is killed in an auto accident, it is reasonably certain that the decedent's family will be able to pursue a wrongful death action for damages against one or more other parties. On May 4, a 9-year-old girl who was a passenger in a car was killed in a fatal accident in Brooklyn. The press reports do not indicate the details of this New York accident, other than to state that the car that the girl occupied was hit at an intersection by a Honda minivan.
It can be surprising at times to see how a tree can win out over a car. In a fatal car accident in the Bronx on April 29, a 26-year-old woman who was a passenger in a 2004 Honda died after the vehicle she occupied collided with a tree. In photos posted with the news article the car appears mangled into an unidentifiable collage of steel, but the tree appears to be largely undamaged. New York authorities say that the vehicle flipped over, hit a parked car and then careened into the tree.
A particularly gruesome accident occurred in Queens on April 4. A car containing five college students skidded off the road into Steinway Creek, killing the four passengers. The driver, who survived the fatal car accident, was recently released from the hospital. He tested negative for alcohol and has not yet been charged by New York authorities.
A car accident can have a devastating and lasting impact on those involved. When someone is lost unexpectedly in a crash, feelings of grief and uncertainty can be overwhelming for the family members left behind. A recent fatal accident in New York claimed the life of one man and left six other victims injured.
It is estimated that one in three people will be involved in a drunk driving accident in their lifetime. Despite the known dangers associated with drinking and driving, lives continue to senselessly be lost in alcohol related crashes. An impaired driver in New York is believed to be responsible for a fatal accident that recently claimed the life of one man and injured four others.
A new job is certainly reason to celebrate, and, recently, a New York woman was doing just that. She was excited about her new job and was celebrating with her friends. However, her celebration was brought to an abrupt end when she was hit and killed by an alleged drunk driver in a fatal car accident.
A study conducted in Massapequa, New York reported that one in every 10 drivers used cellphones while operating their motor vehicles. This result was consistent with that reported from other communities where percentages of cellphone use while driving ranged from 9.7 to 13 percent.