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Wrongful death claim may follow fatal Route 20 head-on collision

At approximately 9:30 p.m. on a recent Wednesday, police in Lancaster, New York, responded to a crash that occurred on Route 20. Two vehicles were involved in this accident, and the fact that one driver did not survive might lead to a wrongful death lawsuit. As with all fatal car accidents, crash investigators have launched an inquiry, the details of which will be made available at a later stage.

According to a preliminary accident report, a 23-year-old man from Buffalo was traveling west when he crossed over the center line. His pickup truck entered the eastbound traffic lane where it crashed head-on into the vehicle of a 55-year-old woman from Lancaster. The male driver's reason for crossing into the opposite lane is yet to be determined.

The force of the accident was such that the female driver died at the accident scene before paramedics could transport her to a hospital. Several hours of road closures in both directions were effective on Route 20. Authorities reported that it was established that neither drugs nor alcohol played a role in this accident.

New York families who have lost loved ones in car accidents may pursue financial relief through the civil justice system of the state. If the negligence of one driver causes the death of others, the surviving family members can file a wrongful death lawsuit against the driver deemed negligent. However, establishing negligence without the help of an experienced wrongful death attorney can be challenging. Legal counsel can present the case to the court in a manner that might lead to the recovery of financial losses and emotional damages.

Source: wivb.com, "Fatal accident under investigation in Lancaster", Kaley Lynch, Nov. 16, 2017

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