While any type of collision on the road can cause serious injury, a head-on collision typically has devastating consequences for drivers and passengers. A car accident in the western part of New York recently made news and remains under investigation. The accident occurred on a Sunday night around 7 p.m.
A 31-year-old male was driving along a roadway in Monroe County. For reasons yet to be determined, his vehicle crossed the center line of the road. It then struck an SUV coming from the other direction, causing the SUV to flip over.
The man believed responsible for the accident was killed in the crash. The 32-year-old SUV driver was rushed to a medical facility for treatment of her injuries, which were not thought to be life threatening. There was no specific information as to the extent of the injuries suffered or the prognosis for her recovery.
Even though the driver thought to have been at fault died as a result of the car accident, the injured woman may still have legal options to pursue claims for monetary damages. One option is to pursue a personal injury claim against the estate of the deceased driver in a New York civil court. If another party had an ownership interest in the vehicle the man was operating, a civil claim could properly name that party as an additional defendant. If successful, any damages recouped from a successfully presented legal claim could prove helpful as that woman contends with medical bills and other financial losses emanating from the car accident.
Source: cnycentral.com, "Police: Head-on crash leaves 1 dead, 1 injured in New York", Dec. 21, 2015