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Wrongful death claim might follow fatal single-vehicle crash

The New York State Police reported the death of a teenager on a recent Friday evening. The accident happened in the Town of Erin at approximately 8:30 p.m. A preliminary crash report indicates that the 17-year-old girl was one of five occupants of a car that crashed when it left the road. A wrongful death claim may follow the tragic single-car accident.

Reportedly, another 17-year-old girl was driving a car that was heading west on a county road. For reasons not determined yet, she failed to maintain control of the vehicle. The vehicle crashed into some trees after going off the north side of the roadway. An ambulance transported the driver and another 17-year-old passenger to a hospital.

Two other passengers, an 18-year-old male, and a 17-year-old female were airlifted to another hospital. The teenager who did not survive this accident was pronounced dead at the crash scene. There was no indication of the severity of the injuries to the other four occupants of the car. Along with the NYSP, members of the county sheriff's department, firefighters and ambulance workers responded to the scene of the accident.

While the accident investigation is ongoing, the surviving family members of the deceased teenager appear to have grounds to pursue a wrongful death claim through the New York civil justice system. Similarly, the injured passengers may choose to file personal injury lawsuits seeking recovery of monetary damages. Negligence on the part of the driver will have to be formally established, and most families confronting these difficult circumstances rely upon an experienced personal injury attorney to protect their legal interests. 

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