A 9-year-old girl was killed in Brooklyn on May 4, 2014, when a driver who was allegedly fleeing the scene of a minor traffic accident slammed into two cars, one of which was carrying the young girl. The crash stripped the roof off of a Hyundai, which pinned the girl and the car’s other passengers inside the vehicle. After being rushed to the hospital, the girl was sadly pronounced dead. Five other victims were also hospitalized with injuries following the accident. The driver of the vehicle that caused the crash was arrested and charged with criminally negligent homicide.
The aforementioned incident is yet another unfortunate example of negligent behavior leading to catastrophic results. Although it is unclear at this time why the driver was fleeing the scene of the earlier accident, it is clear that he was driving in an unsafe manner when he slammed into the two cars and killed the 9-year-old. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident and believe the injuries were someone else’s fault, it is imperative that you contact the experienced Brooklyn Accident Lawyers at Peters Berger Koshel & Goldberg, P.C. for a free consultation to help you evaluate your case.
Auto Accidents Involve Serious Injuries
Auto accidents frequently involve serious injuries including (but not limited to): severe lacerations; broken bones; internal bleeding; whiplash; neck injuries; and severe head trauma. Importantly, some of the serious injuries that can occur following an accident may seem minor at first. Accordingly, the first thing you should do following an accident is call 911 and seek medical attention immediately. In addition to providing immediate medical care, the authorities will create a report that will memorialize the incident and may be available for use in a later civil trial if necessary.
The Other Driver Claimed I Was at Fault for the Accident. What Should I Do?
When you are involved in an accident and discover that you do not have any apparent life-threatening injuries, the first reaction is naturally to be happy that everyone appears to have escaped with nothing more than apparently minor injuries. This often leads to a feeling of gratuitous admission of fault that can become problematic when a legal dispute over damages arises. New York is a comparative negligence state. This means that any negligence on your part will reduce the amount of recovery available. Therefore, you should never admit that you were involved in any negligent activity, despite your inclination to do so.
Contact a Skilled Brooklyn Accident Lawyer Immediately
Accident cases can be complex and can contain multiple legal issues and unique facts that need to be evaluated throughout the proceedings. Additionally, the other driver’s insurance company will have a team of attorneys who is skilled at defending cases of this nature and will attempt to prove that the accident was your fault, regardless of whether you made any such admission. If you are seeking to recover for injuries suffered in an auto accident do not wait to call the experienced Brooklyn auto accident lawyers at Peters Berger Koshel & Goldberg, P.C. at 718-596-7800 or 1-800-836-7801 for a free consultation. We will evaluate the issues in your case and advise you as to the proper course of action immediately.