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Personal injury defense after fatal accident

Following a tragic accident in which a passenger dies, there are often many procedures a New York driver may undergo. These include medical, legal and, if the accident was the result of drunk driving, administrative. Each of these attempts strive to bring some positive or just resolution to the destruction the accident caused. Additionally, the driver may have to build a personal injury defense.

Recently, a 22-year-old man was indicted for his role in a fatal accident on the Manhattan Bridge. The man had left a holiday party with a 17-year-old friend, and the driver headed toward the city apparently in search of additional celebrations. Reaching speeds of 65 mph in a 35 zone, according to reports, the driver lost control of his vehicle while trying to avoid a red light. The car struck a fire hydrant and flipped, killing the passenger instantly.

Police say the driver admitted that he had been drinking, and investigators discovered a bottle of cognac in the car. Police charged the driver with second degree manslaughter and vehicular manslaughter. If convicted, the man faces a sentence of up to 15 years in prison.

A conviction may also make it challenging for the man to defend himself if the family of the deceased decides to file a lawsuit. Drivers found to be responsible for accidents with injuries or fatalities may find it helpful to have a legal ally on their side with experience in personal injury defense. A New York attorney can provide guidance and sound advice in such difficult situations.

Source: New York Post, "'Drunk driver' indicted for friend's death in off-ramp crash", Jennifer Bain Dean Skelos, Jan. 11, 2018

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