One passenger dies, two injured after motorist drives into stream

Passengers have virtually the same rights as drivers when it comes to a safe and harm-free commute, but sometimes it is the drivers of the cars they are in that are responsible for a deadly or serious accident. When a passenger is injured by his or her driver in a motor vehicle accident, it is important to hold that driver accountable for the injuries, medical bills or property damage the passenger sustained in the accident. That is exactly what two injured passengers and the family of one deceased passenger will have to do after a recent car crash in upstate New York.

The Wall Street Journal reports that a driver with three passengers was traveling along a road 90 miles north of Albany when it appears he lost control of the vehicle and drove into a stream. The 23-year-old driver of the Chevrolet Cobalt seems to have driven off the road and rolled down the embankment leading to the stream before the car flipped one last time and landed on its roof.

Tragically, one of the passengers died in the accident. The 19-year-old was from Mineville, New York. It is unclear what caused the 23-year-old to lose control of his car, but state police are looking into the cause of the accident. If there is evidence that the accident was the driver's fault, the family of the 19-year-old woman may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit for its heart-wrenching loss.

Two passengers were also injured in the crash. A 21-year-old man and an 18-year-old woman were both thrown from the back seat of the car. While their conditions are unknown, they were rushed across the border to Fletcher Allen Healthcare in Burlington.

Driving requires considerable attention and care, and if a motorist cannot drive safely, he or she should be held responsible for any accidents, injuries or death caused by his or her negligence. Unfortunately, these three young adults were all injured after what appears to be the motorist's driving, but hopefully they and their families will be able to receive the compensation they deserve after such a horrific accident.

Source: The Wall Street Journal, "Northern NY car crash leaves 2 dead, 2 hurt," Dec. 30, 2012


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