One individual was killed and two others were injured in a recent car crash. The New York City fatal car accident took place in the Bronx on a recent Saturday night in April. When New York residents are involved in similar fatal car accidents, their loved ones may be legally within their rights to pursue wrongful death claims against the party or parties deemed responsible.
A 58-year-old woman was fatally wounded while two children suffered injuries in the car crash, police said. The woman was driving north on Webster Ave. when, for reasons currently unknown, a vehicle in the southbound lane of traffic weaved across the double line of the roadway. The vehicles collided head on.
The driver of the first vehicle was rushed to a local Bronx hospital, where she succumbed to her injuries. The two children, aged 10 and 5, were rushed to a local hospital and are currently in stable condition. The driver of the second vehicle was taken to the same hospital and will most likely survive.
It’s currently unknown whether the second driver will face criminal charges, but the New York Police Department’s Collision Investigation Squad is currently conducting an investigation into the crash. If charges are filed against the driver and prosecutors secure a conviction on a criminal charge related to this accident, the conviction might be offered as evidence of negligence in a related wrongful death suit, should one be filed in a New York civil court by the decedent’s loved ones. Successfully navigated, this type of suit can result in the entry of a monetary judgment for damages. Those who lose a loved one in a similar type of accident are best served by consulting an experienced personal injury attorney as soon after the tragedy as possible.
Source: nydailynews.com, “Woman killed, two kids injured in Bronx car crash“, Keldy Ortiz, May 1, 2016