Teenage passenger killed in car crash south of Albany

Late last week, a 17-year-old girl was riding with her sister and her friend when her friend smashed the car into a utility pole south of Albany. Although the Sullivan County Sheriff's office has said that it is investigating the accident, the parents of the 17 year old and her injured 16-year-old sister are likely wondering how they might hold this 18-year-old driver responsible. If they choose, they may likely be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit for their older daughter and a personal injury lawsuit on behalf of their younger daughter.

When a driver causes a severe automobile accident like this, he or she can be held responsible for his or her poor driving. Drivers not only have a responsibility to other drivers on New York roads, but to their passengers. The assumption is that a passenger should be able to get from destination to destionatioin safely, but if he or she cannot and it is the fault of the driver, that passenger may be able to sue the driver.

Both of the sisters were riding in a car driven by the 18 year old along Route 31 near Glen Spey. Immediately after the accident, the sisters were taken to Westchester Medical Center, but, unfortunately, the older sister succombed to her injuries after she was admitted. The younger sister was still in the hospital two days after the accident, which indicates that her injuries were quite severe.

As the sheriff's office uncovers more information about the accident, including speaking with the teenage driver, they may be able to offer a more complete picture of what happened in this tragic automobile accident.

Source: Long Island Newsday, "Teenage girl dies in upstate NY car crash," July 8, 2013

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