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Personal injury lawsuit may follow recent New York car crash

Safe drivers in New York are committed to following all traffic directions to ensure their safety and the safety of others. While they generally drive defensively, it is sometimes impossible to avoid other drivers who may not take such care, resulting in a personal injury. Unfortunately, two people were recently injured and sent to the hospital for treatment following a car crash.

The incident occurred one morning on a day in late February. According to reports, a 67-year-old woman was attempting to make a left turn out of a right turn only exit from a grocery store parking lot in order to head east on a New York roadway. While she cleared oncoming traffic, police say she collided with a Cooney Air Conditioning and Heating van that was headed east.

Reports indicate that the collision caused significant damage to both vehicles involved. Emergency responders had to remove the doors on both the vehicles in order to extricate the drivers. While both the woman and the 51-year-old man driving the van are expected to survive, they both required treatment at the hospital. Police say that the woman will likely not face criminal charges but can expect to receive traffic violations for an unsafe lane change and failure to yield.

If the man was driving the van as he completed responsibilities related to his job, he may be qualified for workers' compensation insurance benefits. However, he also has the option of filing a personal injury lawsuit against the driver of the car that allegedly caused the accident. By doing so, he can help ensure that he is able to cope with medical bills, lost wages and other monetary damages as he recovers from his injuries.

Source:, "Police: Criminal charges unlikely for driver who caused 2-vehicle DeWitt crash", Kira Maddox, March 1, 2017

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