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New York head-on collision leaves 1 dead, 4 injured

Local law enforcement officials report that a two-vehicle head-on collision in Colchester at around 10 a.m. left one person dead and four others with serious injuries on Aug. 21. An ambulance transported all of the injured parties to Harris Hospital in Liberty. They were later transferred to Westchester Medical Center.

According to New York authorities, the accident occurred on Route 7 when a 30-year-old Bronx woman driving a Jeep Grand Cherokee allegedly drove the wrong way in the southbound lane. She then crashed head-on into a 48-year-old Nineveh man driving an Isuzu Amigo southbound. The New York State Police Troop C Collision Reconstruction Unit completed a reconstruction of the accident, and the police investigation is ongoing. No charges have been filed as of yet.

When an auto accident involves a head-on collision and results in fatality through no wrong-doing of the victim, it is possible that the surviving family may want to seek compensation from a driver found to be at-fault for the loss of their loved one. A personal injury attorney may be able to file a wrongful death claim against any liable parties to seek damages for loss of companionship, funeral expenses, medical expenses and pain and suffering.

An at-fault party may be determined through a complete police accident investigation and potential statements from witnesses. If the driver exhibited negligence by driving under the influence of impairing substances, they may be held for punitive damages in a civil claim. An experienced attorney may also be able to gather the necessary information and file pertinent paperwork if the case moves forward.

Source: The Daily Star, "Nineveh man identified as accident fatality", August 22, 2014

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