A man lost his life in a motor vehicle accident in upstate New York. Three others suffered injuries that were not considered life-threatening. The accident took place along State Route 415 on a recent Sunday afternoon.
How the crash happened
The New York crash occurred at a little past 2:30 p.m. Police said a 51-year-old man was approaching a stop sign and tried to turn south onto the highway. Another man, said to be 26 years old, was apparently driving north on the highway and hit the first car on its driver’s side.
The first car’s driver passed away in the motor vehicle wreck. Meanwhile, the second driver was taken to a medical center while his 26-year-old male passenger suffered injuries and was transported by helicopter to the hospital. A passenger in the first car was taken by helicopter to a medical center as well.
Police may determine that the New York accident occurred due to the first car driver’s carelessness. For instance, the driver may have failed to stop at the sign. In this situation, the three injured individuals may choose to file personal injury claims against that driver’s estate and anyone else with an ownership interest in the car he was driving at the time of the accident. If authorities determine that the second driver negligently caused or contributed to the accident, the two injured passengers may file personal injury claims against him. The surviving family members of the deceased driver might also file a wrongful death claim against the second driver, seeking the reimbursement of monetary damages sustained due to the wreck. Successfully litigated claims may lead to damage awards to cover burial costs, if applicable, and health care expenses stemming from the accident.