10/13/2010 // Manhattan, NY, US // Jonathan C. Reiter // Manhattan automobile accident Lawyer Jonathan C. Reiter
Manhattan, NY (Manhattan personal injury lawyer report )—A violent multi-vehicle crash along the George Washington Bridge resulted in one fatality and left at least one other person injured, according an ABC Local news report. The fatal Wednesday morning, October 13, 2010 collision, which involved a tractor-trailer and at least one other car, slowed New Jersey-bound traffic to a crawl and resulted in inbound delays as well. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, unintentional injuries were deemed the fifth leading cause of death in the United States, claiming 123,706 lives in 2007 alone. Motor vehicle crashes accounted for the highest percentage of fatalities in that group.
Reports indicated an unidentified driver was operating his car in the westbound lanes of the bridge’s upper level when it slammed into the back of a semi-truck around 5:20 a.m. While the driver of the tractor-trailer escaped injury in the wreck, the occupants of the car were not so fortunate. The driver of the car, whose identity was withheld, likely pending the notification of next of kin, succumbed to his traumatic injuries at the scene. Responding emergency medical services (EMS) personnel transported a female passenger in the car, who also remained unidentified, to Hackensack University Medical Center. Though the extent of the passenger’s injuries was not specified, she was apparently listed in stable condition following the crash. Investigations into the fatal New York accident are expected to be underway.
New York City automobile accident attorney Jonathan C. Reiter says people who drive under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs put all other drivers’ and passengers’ lives at risk. Families are left with an irreplaceable loss at the hands of someone else’s complete disregard for the safety of others. When someone is killed because of a driver’s reckless and negligent actions, the driver can be held liable for the injuries and damages caused by the automobile accident. Families may be able to recover compensation for emotional anguish, medical care, past and future lost wages and possibly punitive damages, which are aimed to punish and deter this type of reckless conduct. A consultation with a qualified Manhattan injury lawyer can answer your questions, review your case, and protect your legal rights.
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