When drivers choose to break the law, unfortunate situations may occur on the roadway. Speeding is a common factor in car accidents and can lead to serious injuries. A man accused of car theft and speeding allegedly caused a recent New York accident that resulted in several injuries.
According to authorities, the man stole an SUV and went on a joyride before the crash took place in the early morning hours. Following the theft, the man then reportedly began speeding on a Brooklyn highway without turning on his headlights. The SUV then rear-ended another vehicle and continued on before striking a second car. He then attempted to swerve around it, only to flip the SUV and hit a guardrail.
All three vehicles were totaled. The four occupants in the first car that was struck were all taken to the hospital with minor injuries. The driver of the second vehicle was taken to the hospital in critical condition. Police continue to investigate the incident.
Fortunately, no one was killed in these collisions. However, the injuries suffered and the medical bills incurred could result in difficulties for those involved. Those injured in car accidents may be entitled to file personal injury claims in civil court against anyone believed to be responsible. When these types of claims successfully prove the negligence of a defendant, plaintiffs may be awarded monetary damages that can be used to help cover the cost of medical bills and any other related financial expenses. Anyone interested in learning more could contact an experienced New York attorney.
Source: nydailynews.com, "Eight people hurt in Belt Parkway crash with stolen car", Adam Shrier and Nicole Hensley, Oct. 15, 2017