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Sunday, January 22, 2017

Would You Leave Your Friend to Die After a Car Accident?

When it comes to automobile accidents, sometimes even New York City firefighters and the “jaws of life” aren't enough to save victims’ lives.

What could've been a typical evening outing of four friends in the Bronx turned ugly when alcohol and speed reportedly entered the picture.

According to court papers and news reports, firefighters recently responded to a crash allegedly caused by a drunk driver veering into oncoming traffic. While the driver survived, the horrific crash killed one of his friends and injured two others. The driver was reportedly intoxicated and doing 75 miles an hour in a 25 mph zone at the time of the crash.

It was reported that the driver actually ran off against the instructions of the firefighters who  had just used the “jaws of life” to free him from his mangled car-- only to show up at a local hospital hours afterwards for medical treatment for his injuries. Elsewhere in the same hospital was his dead friend. The other two passengers were seriously injured but reported to be in stable condition.

The other vehicle’s driver was critically injured-- the impact from the collision detached his long from his chest and fractured some ribs.

In addition to several criminal charges including “aggravated vehicular assault, vehicular manslaughter, reckless driving, drunken driving and speeding”, the allegedly drunk driver may be sued in a civil personal injury action by the surviving passengers in both vehicles. Further, close relatives of the friend who died may be entitled to damages in a wrongful death action.

If you've been seriously injured as a result of the negligence or recklessness of someone else and through no fault of your own, you may be entitled compensation for your losses. Depending upon your particular circumstances, that may include your medical bills, anticipated future medical treatment expenses, lost wages, property damage, and pain and suffering.

In the case of a victim who dies as a result of injuries sustained in the accident, the victim’s estate and/or close relatives may be able to recover the expenses of the final illness, as well as the funeral, and depending on the circumstances, additional damages if the victim was the source of financial support of the survivors.

Since each case is different, it's important to retain an experienced personal injury and wrongful death attorney as soon as possible after an accident to maximize the amount of damages you may be able to recover. Never except insurance company settlement offer without the advice of an attorney because insurance companies are in business to offer as little as possible on each claim.

If you or a loved one has been injured or loved one has been killed in an accident that was not their fault, the Goldstein Law Firm in the Bronx, New York can help. We've been handling personal injury lawsuits for New Yorkers and those injured while in New York since 1998. Call 718-239-0239 for a free consultation.


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