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Who may file a wrongful death claim?

Driving is the most dangerous mode of transportation nationwide, including in New York. Despite all the awareness campaigns to underscore the dangers of driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs, texting while driving and other risky behaviors, thousands of people die in car accidents each year. Although no amount of money can replace a loved one lost in a crash, filing a wrongful death claim could relieve the unanticipated financial and emotional damage sustained by the surviving family members.

Wrongful death claim might follow 2-car crash in Upstate New York

An accident reconstruction team and the New York State Police are investigating a fatal crash that claimed the lives of two people on a recent Monday evening. Although the investigation is ongoing, it might eventually lead to a wrongful death lawsuit. A preliminary accident report indicates that the crash occurred shortly after 10:15 p.m. in Rotterdam.

Wrongful death claims often follow fatal car accidents

Two people lost their lives after suffering fatal injuries in an upstate New York crash on a recent Friday. Such circumstances often lead to wrongful death lawsuits in which negligence must be proved. In this case, the ongoing investigation might determine which driver was at fault.

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.

Wrongful death: Most NYC fatal crashes involve male drivers

Residents in Broome County might find accident statistics interesting that show men in SUVs and pickup trucks cause most New York City crash fatalities. The city's transportation commissioner announced the imminent launch of an ad campaign that will target those drivers and appeal to their conscience with billboards that will ask whether it was worth it. Many of these accidents lead to wrongful death claims in the New York civil courts.

Young Binghamton driver might face wrongful death claim

A 70-year-old man recently lost his life in a motor vehicle accident. When looking at the circumstances of the crash, it seems clear that it was a preventable incident. According to authorities, a 22-year-old Binghamton driver who allegedly disregarded a stop sign caused the crash, which could result in this driver facing a wrongful death lawsuit in the future.

Wrongful death claims often need accident reconstruction

When fatalities occur in car accidents in New York state, accident reconstruction teams typically have the job to figure out what happened and who was at fault. The routine investigations usually include a hospital screen during which blood is generally drawn. These samples can be used later for toxicology testing if, for example, a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit is filed in civil court, or criminal charges are brought against a driver.

Car-door crash might lead to wrongful death claim

Traffic laws in New York apply to all vehicle operators, including cyclists. However, bicycle riders are significantly more vulnerable than occupants of vehicles. For this reason, auto drivers are often urged to look out for cyclists, not only while driving but also when exiting their cars after parking. Not doing so might lead to wrongful death lawsuits.

Wrongful death lawsuit might follow tractor-trailer crash

New York State Police reported a tragic accident on State Route 104 that claimed two lives on a recent Friday. Reportedly, the accident involved a 58-year-old truck driver who operated a tractor-trailer that belongs to a distribution and trucking company that is based in Farmington. The accident reportedly occurred shortly before 9 a.m., and grounds for a wrongful death claim may exist. 

Wrongful death: Passenger succumbs to injuries in DWI crash

Getting into the car with any driver is a decision that must be carefully considered. This is frequently underscored by news reports of crashes caused by impaired drivers who leave their passengers critically injured or dead while the drivers often walk away unscathed. Many such accidents lead to wrongful death lawsuits filed in the civil courts of New York.

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