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Perhaps the most frightening aspect of a car crash is the sudden change in circumstances. We have come to accept automotive travel as an integral part of our daily lives, and most of us have little fear or apprehension about getting into or driving a car or truck. This comfort, however, is destroyed in the face of screeching tires, breaking glass and bending metal. A recent fatal accident in upstate New York serves as a reminder of the ever-present hazards of road travel.

Upon early reports, police believe that the crash took place on a recent Saturday morning. A car carrying four individuals was travelling along Route 26 in Le Ray. A vehicle driven by a 17-year-old girl approached from the opposite direction. That car veered into oncoming traffic, leading to a serious collision.

The 43-year-old female driver died at the scene of the crash. One backseat passenger was seriously injured, and was rushed to the hospital. She later died as a result of injuries sustained during the crash. Two additional passengers were also injured, although their injuries were reportedly not life-threatening.

As of the time of this report, the investigation into this incident is ongoing. No charges have been filed against the teenage driver, although charges could be forthcoming in the days or weeks ahead. As for the families of those killed or injured in this terrible fatal accident, they are just beginning to come to terms with what has occurred. Should they believe that negligence played a role in this crash, they may move forward with personal injury lawsuits in an attempt to recover some of the expense of their medical treatment and other damages. Those who lost a loved one may file a wrongful death suit in New York, which would help cover the cost of final arrangements, as well as provide the families with damages to compensate for lost income that their loved one would have expected to earn over their lifetime.

Source: myfoxny.com, “2 women killed in northern NY crash,” Dec. 30, 2012