While every New York motorist is obligated to obey the traffic laws, there is no way to predict when one might be sharing the roadway with a reckless driver. A recent Sunday night on Long Island became filled with sorrow not long after 9 p.m. when two vehicles collided. Police say that one car hit another head-on, then flipped.
A woman and her infant were passengers in the car
There was a female passenger in the vehicle when it flipped over. The woman also had her infant with her. The driver of the vehicle reportedly fled the scene and is still being sought by police at this time. The 8-month-old baby’s mother, age 24, received treatment at a nearby hospital for injuries not considered life-threatening. Sadly, her baby was listed in critical condition upon arrival to the hospital but later died.
The driver in the other car also suffered injuries
A 42-year-old woman was driving the other vehicle. She was also hurt. Police have published a telephone number and have requested that any person with information regarding the whereabouts of the driver who is believed to have caused the collision or other details about the case to please call the number to share information with the investigators who are working on this case.
When driver negligence is a direct cause of injury
In cases where a vehicle occupant suffers injuries due to the negligence of another, the recovering victim may seek restitution by filing a personal injury claim in a civil court. In a case where a child has died, the decedent’s parent or legal guardian may file a wrongful death claim on his or her behalf. This type of litigation is emotionally stressful, and the burden of proof lies with the plaintiff to present evidence to show that the defendant named in the case was negligent and that his or her negligence caused the loss of a child.