A law enforcement spokesperson in New York says 2019 has only just started and already impaired driving has claimed a life. The chief deputy underscored the exacerbated risks of car accidents when drivers consume alcohol and drugs before driving. Although the driver that allegedly caused the death of a passenger will face criminal charges, it will not ease the trauma of the surviving family members.
According to a preliminary crash report, the 22-year-old driver continued to drive straight ahead through a curve in a Monroe County road. Deputies remarked that no tire marks on the roadway indicate that the driver did not try to brake or any attempt to negotiate the curve. They say the car traveled at a high rate of speed and smashed through the concrete barriers, ejecting two of the three passengers.
One of them, a 22-year-old man, died at the crash scene, while the other ejected passenger suffered critical injuries. She was rushed to a medical facility along with the driver and the third passenger. Authorities noted that drug and alcohol impairment is suspected, and blood test results are pending. The driver's arraignment took place at his hospital bed, and he will be transferred to the jail upon his release.
Families in New York who have lost loved ones in car accidents in which they were passengers of a negligent driver might have grounds to file civil lawsuits. The same applies to injured victims of such crashes. An experienced personal injury attorney can explain their rights and assist throughout ensuing legal proceedings in pursuit of monetary recovery for financial and emotional damages.