Troopers in upstate New York say the investigation into the cause of a fatal crash that killed two teenagers is ongoing. Losing teenagers in car accidents is especially traumatic. Reportedly this accident occurred on Route 18 in Jefferson County shortly after midnight on a recent Tuesday.
According to a preliminary crash report, four people were in a sedan heading south in the early morning hours when the driver failed to maintain control of the vehicle. The car veered off the road and smashed into a tree. Two teenagers, ages 17 and 16, who were in the backseat were ejected from the vehicle during the crash. Both of them died at the accident scene.
The other two occupants of the car were a 19-year-old man and a 22-year-old woman seated in the front, one of whom was the driver. They were both rushed to a hospital for treatment of injuries not considered life-threatening. At the time of this report, police were still working on determining which one of these two individuals was the driver.
Drivers are always responsible for the safety of passengers. When families in New York lose loved ones in car accidents, they might have grounds to pursue wrongful death lawsuits. An experienced personal injury attorney can help to determine which party or parties may face financial responsibility for the accident, and also help gather and present the evidence necessary to support a claim for monetary damages. A successfully navigated claim could result in a monetary judgment to cover financial and emotional losses.