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Car accidents: 1 dead, 1 injured in Queens crash

The streets of New York City are famously known for their traffic and gridlocks. Given the volume of travelers in the congested areas, car accidents in the city are inevitable. While many incidents involve only damage to the vehicles, others result in injury to the drivers and/or passengers. Unfortunately, one recent crash in Queens claimed the life of one man and injured one other.

According to reports, an 18-year-old man was traveling east in his sedan late one evening when a northbound driver crashed into him. The violent impact caused the sedan to hit two parked cars. According to eyewitness cellphone video, multiple neighbors rushed to the driver's aid.

While waiting for emergency personnel to arrive, residents attempted to the keep the driver alive by performing chest compression. The man had suffered considerable blood loss and neighbors continued to talk to him to maintain consciousness. The man had to be extracted from the vehicle by first responders. He was pronounced dead after he was transported to a nearby hospital.

The 21-year-old driver of the other vehicle suffered minor injuries. The Highway Collision Squad of the New York City Police Department is investigating the incident to determine if this driver ran a stop sign. Neighbors have complained about the intersection where the accident occurred and the need for a four-way stop sign or traffic light.

Should the investigation show that the driver was speeding, ran the stop sign or was otherwise negligent, survivors of the victim may choose to pursue wrongful death litigation. While a successful outcome in a civil lawsuit will never bring back a loved back, a monetary award can help family members cope with the unforeseen expenses and other financial losses caused by car accidents such as these. An experienced New York personal injury attorney can work with families to seek the best possible outcome in the legal process.

Source: CBS New York, "18-Year-Old Driver Killed In Queens Two-Car Crash", Nov. 19, 2017

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