Sunday afternoons are frequently known for errands. New York families are
preparing for the week ahead, buying groceries, dropping off dry cleaning,
washing their cars, picking up dog food at the pet store and running by
the ATM for cash. The late afternoon hour may even be the dinner hour
for some elderly citizens, however, and they may take to the roadways
in search of early bird specials. The last thing on their minds is personal
injury claims resulting from car accidents.
An elderly woman experienced just that recently. A 78-year-old woman was
allegedly out driving her Kia on a recent Sunday afternoon when her vehicle
apparently drifted over into oncoming traffic. The reason for this was
not immediately clear.
When this occurred, she reportedly crashed headfirst into a Lexus driven
by a 68-year-old woman. The driver of the Kia was transported to a nearby
hospital where she was unfortunately declared deceased. The driver of
the Lexus, who was sent to a different hospital for treatment, suffered
non-life-threatening injuries. Authorities reported that the investigation
was ongoing. They reached out to the community for any witnesses to the
accidents to come forward with information.
Fortunately, New York law allows those who are harmed by negligent or reckless
actions by others to seek compensation through personal injury litigation.
Any financial compensation that is awarded from such a claim may be applied
toward easing a victim's pain and suffering, medical bills and lost
wages. Likewise, if a victim perishes due to someone's negligent actions,
their surviving members may also be entitled to file a wrongful death
claim for the damages they have experienced.
Source: CBS New York, Woman, 78, Killed In Crash On Long Island, No author, Dec. 8, 2013