Impaired drivers are an unfortunate reality of which everyone on the roadways must remain conscious. Though most people hope to avoid ever meeting such a driver, too many travelers are the innocent victims of crashes that involve alcohol or drugs. When individuals are seriously injured or killed in car accidents, legal action may be warranted.
It was recently reported that a serious crash involving multiple vehicles took place in New York. Apparently, the driver of a pickup truck collided with a minivan while traveling westbound. The truck then drove over the median in the road and collided with a motorcyclist and a second minivan that were heading east. There were at least 11 people involved in the incident, and one person was killed.
A passenger in the second minivan suffered fatal injuries. Another passenger in that vehicle was considered to be in critical condition, and the remaining five occupants of the van were also injured. The motorcyclist suffered serious injuries as well, while the individuals in the first minivan were not injured. The driver of the pickup truck suffered injuries that were not considered life threatening, and he was taken into custody on charges of driving while impaired by drugs and other allegations.
Car accidents of this type can be frightening events. The family of the individual killed in the crash and the seriously injured parties may wish to determine whether filing civil claims for compensation against the driver considered at fault could be in their best interests. Such lawsuits could allow them to seek compensation for damages allowable under New York law.
Source: CBS New York, “Police: 1 Dead, Several Hurt In DWI Crash On LIE“, March 31, 2018