When a driver in New York or any other state disregards posted speed limits, it places all passengers, other drivers and nearby pedestrians at risk for personal injury. Sadly, the worst type of injury occurred after a recent collision, which police say involved excessive speed as a causal factor. Following the crash, one person has died, and another is listed in critical condition.
Rescuers transported injured passenger to the hospital
Investigators stated that the driver of a BMW was speeding just before his vehicle struck an SUV that was navigating a left turn. The force of the impact sent the BMW careening into a parked vehicle. The impact of the second collision sent the vehicle crashing into a nearby light pole. The passenger-side door bore the brunt of the collision with the pole.
The passenger in the BMW initially survived the collision. Sadly, he later died after being transported to a hospital. The first vehicle that was struck also then collided with a parked car and another vehicle. Thankfully, no one in those cars suffered injury. The driver of the BMW has been listed in critical condition with a head injury.
What happens when a person dies because of driver negligence?
Many New York collisions are later determined to have been caused by driver negligence, sometimes including excessive speed, distracted driving, or driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. When driver negligence results in a fatal injury to another person, the decedent’s immediate family members may file a wrongful death claim in a civil court. As plaintiffs, such family members must provide evidence to the court, which proves that the defendant was negligent and that this negligence was the cause of their loved one’s death.