Being aware of the actions and driving patterns of others is one way to stay safe on the road. However, when other drivers are acting in a reckless or illegal manner, no amount of vigilance will keep other drivers and passengers safe. A recent fatal accident in New York made news as one driver now faces serious criminal consequences for his apparent role in the crash.
The incident took place at night as the driver of a car was trying to turn out of an upstate shopping center onto the street. A 38-year-old driver in a pickup truck hit that vehicle, and both vehicles subsequently collided with a third car. Both cars that were hit also contained passengers. The 19-year-old driver of the car exiting the shopping center died as a result of his injuries. His passenger was injured and reportedly in serious condition.
The truck driver was charged with a number of crimes. He was charged with first-degree vehicular manslaughter and driving while intoxicated. He was also charged with reckless operation and first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation.
The criminal charges the man faces are serious and could result in any number of legal consequences. Because of the severity of the injuries and the fatality involved, the family of the deceased victim, as well as the injured passenger, may choose to pursue civil action. In New York, a personal injury claim or wrongful death lawsuit after a fatal accident could potentially lead to an award of monetary damages which be of use to those victims or family members struggling with medical bills, lost wages and/or funeral costs. If the driver of the pickup truck is convicted in criminal court, proof of that will likely bolster any related claims for financial damages filed in civil court.
Source: syracuse.com, "Driver in fatal crash outside Destiny USA charged with vehicular manslaughter", Julie McMahon, Jan. 19, 2015