Many car accidents are the result of inattentive driving. When drivers aren’t paying attention to the road, people can be left with serious injuries. Those injuries may even prove to be fatal in some instances. Although it is unclear what caused a recent New York accident, inattentive driving may have been a contributing factor.
The accident happened shortly after 10 p.m. Authorities say that a 17-year-old girl’s car broke down along a New York interstate. The car the 17-year-old was in was rear-ended by another vehicle. Three other vehicles were also involved in the crash. A portion of the interstate was closed for eight hours after the accident.
The 17-year-old died as a result of injuries she suffered in the chain-reaction crash. Two other people were also injured. However, their injuries do not appear to be life-threatening.
As authorities investigate the cause of this fatal accident, they may determine that one or more drivers were distracted, causing them to collide with the cars in front of them. Distracted driving is extremely dangerous. Thousands of people die each year as a result. Sadly, these kinds of accidents are preventable.
People who are injured by a distracted driver have legal options to consider. They may wish to hold a negligent driver responsible in civil court. After all, an innocent victim should not have to struggle financially because of another person’s reckless actions.
People can be left with physical and emotional scars after a car accident. Therefore, drivers should do all that they can to prevent a car accident from happening.
Source: The Observer-Dispatch, “Teen dies in 5-vehicle crash on I-81 near Syracuse,” Jan. 17, 2013
Our firm works with people who have been injured by a negligent driver. To learn more, please visit our New York car accident page.