Losing a son or daughter is one of the most devastating things a parent can go through, especially when their deaths are sudden and senseless. Car accidents that take the lives of children are particularly heartbreaking. Sadly, they seem to be in the headlines almost every day.
Several families in the Farmingdale area are mourning the loss of their children after a group of Farmingdale High School students were killed in a car accident that occurred on May 10. The group of teens was traveling in a 2001 Nissan after a night of eating and game playing at a restaurant/arcade when their vehicle veered into the eastbound lanes of Conklin Street, striking an SUV.
The five teens have died as a result of the crash, and the 53-year-old driver of the SUV and a female passenger in the SUV were seriously injured. Police are still conducting an investigation and have not officially announced the cause of the crash. However, several fellow students have come forward to say that the teens were drag racing.
In New York, victims who are seriously injured as a result of a car crash may be able to file a personal injury claim. If the person who caused the crash was driving recklessly or was impaired at the time, there may be cause for victims of the crash to pursue damages to pay for medical expenses and loss of wages. If a car accident victim dies as a result of the crash, the victim’s family may be entitled to compensation and may be able to file a wrongful death suit, depending on the circumstances.
There are no winners in a situation like the one discussed above, but, if the teens were driving recklessly, those injured in the SUV may have reason to file a lawsuit based on the pain and suffering they’ve endured. If you’ve been injured in a car crash, a New York attorney may be able to help you recover financial losses you’ve suffered.
Source: nypost.com, “Fifth teen dies after drag racing car crash,” Matt McNulty and Kevin Sheehan, May 12, 2014.