Last week, a Long Island woman was taken to hospital with severe injuries after a vehicle she was a passenger in had an accident on the Palisades Interstate Parkway.
The vehicle rolled and crashed into a tree at Stony Point on Sunday at about 12:20 p.m.
A report released indicated that the victim had numerous fractures, and there were signs that she had internal injuries too.
The female driver was a little luckier as she managed to release herself from the auto, but she was taken to hospital where she has been admitted in a serious condition. Both women come from Long Island and are in their 20s.
At this point in time it has been revealed that there was no other vehicle involved in the crash, which took place several miles south of the Palisades Parkway Visitor Center and Bookstore. There has been no cause yet established for the accident.
Sooner or later after further investigations have taken place, the cause of the accident will be established. When the injuries are so serious, it makes it difficult to interview the accident victims and get the full story until they have recovered enough to recount the events before the accident took place. The police will no doubt be asking witnesses to come forward.
It could be driver error that led to the car being driven off the highway, or the driver may have lost control due to the influence of drugs or alcohol. Texting and talking on cell phones often lead drivers to lose control too.
Apart from the action of the driver causing the accident, there are other less obvious reasons for road accidents. These include defective auto parts such as faulty brakes, poor tire tread and, as recent publicity has indicated, faulty ignitions on some models of cars have caused serious injury and even death over the last few years, causing car manufacturers to recall cars for repairs.
If it is found that the driver is not at fault, then both she and the passenger may be entitled to seek compensation or file a lawsuit against the person or company who was the cause of the accident.
In New York and Long Island accident victims have the right to file a lawsuit if they are injured in an accident that was not their fault. If a personal injury attorney such as Richard S. Jaffe Esq. of Long Island believes there is a good chance of winning a lawsuit, then he will take on the case on a contingency fee basis, meaning no upfront legal fees are required and once the lawsuit has been settled any outstanding fees will come out of the payout.
The whole point of filing a personal injury lawsuit is to ensure the victim is not responsible for any financial hardship that is brought about by an accident that is not their fault. The settlement includes covering medical costs until such time that the victim has fully recovered and an amount to cover any loss of earnings as a result of the accident.
Personal injury lawsuits often run into millions of dollars, especially if the victims are seriously injured as has happened in this recent crash. The two young women may never be able to return to normal life if their injuries are found to be life changing.
If you or a member of your family has been injured in an accident that is not his or her fault, then you should contact Richard S. Jaffe Esq. at the Law Offices of Cohen & Jaffe who has vast experience winning settlements for victims of accidents that were not their fault. You can contact him for a free consultation at the Law Offices of Cohen & Jaffe LLP, 2001 Marcus Avenue, Suite W295, Lake Success, NY 11042. Phone: 516-358-6900 or toll free: 800-483-6149.