One woman died and three people suffered injuries after an accident that occurred on Jan. 1 in New York. The driver of the vehicle responsible for the accident was allegedly intoxicated at the time.

A 27-year-old woman riding in a livery cab died after a 37-year-old man driving a Dodge Charger hit the back of the cab as it sat at a red light. Emergency workers and police officers arrived on the scene to find the driver waiting with his 29-year-old passenger. The driver, his passenger and the driver of the cab were taken to the hospital. Although the 27-year-old woman was also rushed to the hospital, doctors later declared her deceased.

According to a statement given by the cab driver, the Charger hit his cab so hard that he passed out. Police charged the driver of the Charger with vehicular manslaughter and several other charges.

Drivers who cause car accidents under the influence of alcohol or drugs are likely to face charges in criminal court and may face civil claims as well. A driver responsible for the death of another individual in a motor vehicle accident might find himself or herself facing a wrongful death lawsuit.

Filing a wrongful death lawsuit in New York requires an attorney working on the case to show that one person deliberately or accidentally killed another person and that the incident shortened the life of another. The family of that victim may be eligible to request compensation for funeral costs, including the cost of burial. They may also have the right to seek compensation for emotional damages and the lost wages of that individual.

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