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New York car accident leaves 1 dead, 2 injured

A 71-year-old woman died and two other women were injured as the result of a car accident that occurred in New York on Aug. 31 around 4 p.m. The collision occurred in Brookhaven when a 2004 Chevrolet Malibu ran into a 2011 Chrysler 300 that was attempting to make a turn from near Horseblock Road onto Montauk Highway, authorities said.

Both drivers were injured in the accident and were transported to Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center. Both women were believed to have non-life threatening injuries. The 71-year-old woman who died in the car accident was a passenger in the Malibu.

The driver of the Malibu was charged with reckless driving. She could also have a civil lawsuit filed against her in addition to the criminal charges that she faces should the woman who was driving the Chrysler 300 choose to seek compensation for her injuries. A personal injury lawsuit might allow her to seek reimbursement for her hospital bills and other medical expenses.

Additionally, the woman may have had to miss time from work that resulted in her losing income. She could ask for compensation for her lost wages in her claim as well.

A personal injury lawyer might be able to assist the woman in seeking compensation for her medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. First, a lawyer might help her evaluate whether or not she has sufficient grounds to file a claim. Then, he or she might help her prepare the statements for her claim and gather any supporting documents for it. A lawyer might also be able to help her negotiate a sufficient settlement with the other driver’s insurance company.

Source: CBS New York, “At Least One Dead In Brookhaven Car Crash“, August 31, 2013

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