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Personal injury claim possible following New York crash

Drivers have a certain responsibility to other occupants of their vehicle as well as the occupants of vehicles they may encounter. Being an alert driver who follows the speed limit are just some necessary actions required to meet this responsibility. Unfortunately, a personal injury claim may follow a recent car crash in New York after police say a driver abandoned a critically injured passenger.

The incident occurred just after 4 a.m. on a day in March. According to reports, a driver was speeding on a New York road. Unfortunately, the driver is said to have lost control of the vehicle which struck a tree, a car and a fence before coming to a rest. Police say the driver fled the scene of the accident.

A 28-year-old  male passenger is said to have suffered critical injuries. Although his identity has not been released, it is known that he was transported to the hospital following the crash. It is unclear if police have identified the driver of the car and what charges -- if any -- are expected to be filed.

Unfortunately, even a relatively minor hospital treatment can be costly. Those suffering from critical injuries may quickly become overwhelmed with the expense of necessary treatment. To further complicate their situation, victims are often unable to work while they recover, and some are never able to return to work in the same capacity. To seek relief for what could be an overwhelming financial situation, many victims of car accidents choose to file a personal injury lawsuit. If it can be proved that a plaintiff's injuries were the result of another's negligence, he or she could receive damages to help cover the expenses associated with their injuries.

Source: pix11.com, "Driver crashes into tree, car, fence in Queens; passenger critically injured", Aliza Chasan, March 12, 2017

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