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Resolution of claims in car vs. tavern crash could be complex

On Behalf of | Nov 10, 2016 | Insurance Defense

Recently, a car crashed into a tavern here in New York. Four people were injured, including the driver and passenger in the car. The tavern sustained heavy damage as well. The resolution of claims involved in this car accident could be complex.

Reports indicate that the 18-year-old driver of the car lost control at around 11 p.m. The car careened into the parking lot of the tavern and slammed into two parked cars. The out-of-control car ended up underneath a pickup truck. The impact pushed the two vehicles into the tavern, where they caught fire.

There were about 30 people inside the Blessings Tavern at the time. Fortunately, only two people inside were injured, and reports indicate that the injuries were not life threatening. The driver and passenger were able to get out of the wreckage.

The 16-year-old passenger’s injuries were considered to be serious. The driver faces charges of first-degree reckless endangerment, second-degree vehicular assault and driving while ability impaired by drugs. His next court appearance is currently scheduled for Nov. 2, but criminal court might not be the only court in which he could find himself.

The injured parties, the owners of the two vehicles that were damaged and the owner of this New York tavern could all make claims against the driver. The insurance companies of those involved, including the driver believed to be at fault, the other vehicle owners and the tavern owner, should all work together to deal with this accident. The resolution of claims could require negotiation between the individuals and the insurance companies as well. The appropriate representation could help sort out the issues arising from this incident.

Source: news10.com, “Four people injured, one with serious burns, after car crash causes fire at Blessings Tavern”, Carmen Chau and Andrew Banas, Oct. 28, 2016