On Sept. 13, a Niagara County accident involving two vehicles left both drivers with severe injuries, according to authorities. The 2:17 p.m. incident reportedly occurred at the intersection of Niagara Falls Boulevard and Errick Road in Wheatfield.
That is where a southbound Pontiac that had traversed the centerline on Niagara Falls Boulevard collided with a northbound Jeep, officials stated. Emergency crews transported both drivers via airlift to Erie County Medical Center, where they received treatment for injuries that officials described as serious.
Two other individuals involved in the accident, both passengers in the Jeep, suffered minor injuries as a result of the accident. Emergency personnel transported them to hospitals for treatment. According to authorities, the Pontiac driver was on drugs at the time of the incident and now faces multiple charges, including driving while ability impaired. Law enforcement officials indicated that the investigation is ongoing and that additional charges might be filed in connection with the accident.
Following an accident attributed to impaired driving, the implicated driver may face civil action in addition to criminal charges. That is because people who are injured in an accident may file a personal injury suit as a means of recovering the economic losses they suffered in association with their injuries.
For this reason, many injured victims retain an attorney in the immediate aftermath of the accident from which their injuries derived. While trying to prove to a civil court that the impaired driver should be held responsible for the crash, the lawyer may proffer material adopted from the police investigation if it bolsters the personal injury claim.