When a passenger gets behind the wheel of a vehicle, he or she takes on certain legal responsibilities that involve avoiding actions that place others in situations of unreasonable danger. When a driver fails to avoid these actions and someone is injured or killed as a result, that driver can be found liable for damages in a New York personal injury lawsuit. While it’s too early to know what happened, what is known is that a driver was seriously injured and his passenger was killed in a Long Island car accident that occurred over the weekend.
According to the authorities, this fatal, single-vehicle Long Island car accident occurred at just before 3:30 a.m. on Saturday morning in Brookhaven. An unidentified driver was heading down Montauk Highway after he and his passenger left Painter’s bar and restaurant on South County Road. For reasons that have yet to be identified, the vehicle flipped over and the driver was seriously injured as a result. His 24-year-old male passenger was killed in the crash, and police continue to investigate the situation.
New York Car Accident Statistics
First and foremost, we’d like to offer our most sincere condolences to the family and friends of the passenger who was killed in this Long Island car accident. We also hope that the driver is able to recover from the injuries he suffered and that the police are able to clarify what led to the crash. In addition, this incident will now become part of the overall statistics regarding New York car accidents. Every year, more than 187,000 people are injured and more than 1,200 people are killed in these occurrences.
New York Wrongful Death Lawyers
While more investigation regarding this Long Island car accident needs to be done, what is clear is that if the driver turns out to be at fault for the crash, it could lead to the filing of a New York wrongful death lawsuit by the family of the passenger who was killed. If such a lawsuit is filed and it is ultimatley successful, it could lead to an award of damages that compensates the family for their losses.
If you have lost someone you love in a crash, you need to seek the help of New York wrongful death lawyers who have been fighting for the rights of grieving families for more than 40 years. Contact The Fitzgerald Law Firm today to schedule a free initial consultation.