Authorities say that two people were killed in a crash that took place around 12:12 a.m. on Sept. 22. The accident occurred when the driver of a 2011 Chevy Camaro lost control of his vehicle and hit a cement median on the Meadowbrook State Parkway. The Camaro then went across all lanes of southbound traffic before hitting a tree.
The 22-year-old driver and a 31-year-old male passenger were both declared dead at the scene of the accident. Due to the accident, the southbound lanes of the Meadowbrook State Parkway were closed between Hempstead Turnpike and Southern State Parkway. While the road was closed, a police car was struck by a passing motorist. That accident resulted in minor damage to the police car and the other vehicle.
In a case involving a single-car accident, the driver who causes that accident may be liable for damages. This may be true if the driver was impaired, distracted or was otherwise negligent in causing the crash. The family of the victim in a case such as this one may pursue legal action in court. A wrongful death suit may be filed that seeks compensation for medical bills or punitive damages for the drivers’ negligence.
If the driver who causes the crash is killed in the crash as well, money from that person’s estate may be used to pay for damages. The insurance policy that the driver had would also contribute toward the cost of any damages incurred in the accident. A victim’s family may wish to hire a personal injury attorney to help with the case. By reviewing physical evidence, talking to witnesses and going through police reports, it may be possible to establish that driver negligence led to the victim’s wrongful death.