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Three injured in rural New York collision

When a driver makes a split-second decision out of carelessness or after being distracted, the consequences can be life-altering. A car accident can be a traumatizing event for all involved, from the sky-high costs of medical care to car repair expenses. This frightening reality came to light in an accident involving two vehicles recently in the area.

Police responded to a reported head-on collision in Wawarsing, New York, which is south of Albany. Three people, including a child, were injured in the crash on State Route 209. The collision occurred around 9 a.m. on a recent morning, when a 2008 Toyota driven by an 82-year-old female struck a 1997 Ford driven by a 40-year-old male.

According to reports, the vehicles collided in the northbound lane after the female driver allegedly made a left turn from the southbound lane directly into the path of the Ford. Authorities revealed that the elderly female driver failed to see the oncoming car while trying to navigate a turn.

Reports indicate that those wounded in the crash did not suffer life-threatening injuries, but the 40-year-old male was airlifted to a hospital. The 82-year-old woman and her 11-year-old passenger were taken to a nearby hospital with minor injuries.

Those injured in similar circumstances should know their rights as a car accident victim. While in this situation it is easy to feel sorry for the elderly woman who caused the accident, that does not excuse her actions. If she couldn't see an oncoming car in the daytime, perhaps she shouldn't have been driving in the first place.

Source: News10.com, "Accident in Wawarsing leaves three injured," Sept. 23, 2012

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