A high school boy was killed in Tompkins County when the car he was riding in rear-ended another car. Another teenager suffered injuries in the New York crash. The collision, which took place on a Tuesday afternoon, involved three automobiles.
The recent New York wreck took place at about 12:50 p.m. along State Route 34. According to police, a car and sport utility vehicle were traveling north along the road. The SUV then reportedly stopped for an automobile whose driver was trying to make a turn.
Authorities said the car then crashed into the back of the SUV before entering oncoming traffic, at which point a second car struck it. The first car’s male passenger, age 17, was pronounced dead at the crash scene. Meanwhile, that vehicle’s male driver, age 18, suffered serious injuries and was taken to a medical center for treatment. His condition was deemed critical.
How an attorney can help
The surviving family members of the teenage passenger who died in the crash may choose to file a wrongful death claim against the driver who allegedly caused the accident, seeking the reimbursement of financial damages sustained due to the wreck. Once liability is established, based upon a showing of negligence, claims for damages will be adjudicated. A successfully fought claim may lead to a damage award to cover the deceased teenager’s burial costs. No amount of money can undo the events leading to the fatal New York accident, but a financial damage award may help the deceased teenager’s loved ones more easily move forward from the accident.