The Albany Times Union is reporting that a car accident last Friday that claimed the life of a 21-year-old woman may have alcohol related. The vehicle she was a passenger in lost control and slammed into trees in front of a Colonie home. Both she and the driver were thrown from the 2005 Mitsubishi as the vehicle was split in half.
The driver of the vehicle survived, but sustained facial and leg injuries and he is now being charged with DWI. Authorities believe that both alcohol and excessive speed led to the crash. The Times Union Article is focused on the criminal aspects of this tragic incident, but in this post, we will go into the civil implications of the crash.
When dealing with a catastrophic car accident, it is important to analyze all of the factors that went into the crash. Questions experienced car accident attorneys ask include: What were the road conditions at the time? Was the driver speeding? Was alcohol involved? Were there any witnesses to the accident? Was there any sort of equipment failure that contributed to the crash?
In this case, it is becoming clear that alcohol and high speed may have played a role in this deadly accident. The driver may not only be exposed to criminal punishment, he may be exposed to civil liability to the young woman's survivors. While it is too late to make the victim of this terrible crash whole again, there may be a wrongful death claim that her family can pursue to seek some compensation for their tragic loss.
Source: Albany Times Union: Driver in fatality charged with DWI, Carol Demare and Brian Nearing, 10/31/2010.