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New York accident causes dozens of injuries, 1 death

A car accident of any size can be chaotic, but typically, the more cars that are involved, the more confusing the aftermath. Crash scene investigators must determine not only how the accident was caused, but what role each involved vehicle played. Chain-reaction crashes can involve multiple insurance and personal injury claims, such as in cases where one car caused another vehicle to crash into yet another, and so on.

Sorting out the details of a recent multi-vehicle pileup on the Long Island Expressway won't be an easy task. The accident happened last week about 70 miles from New York City when an 18-wheeler crashed into several cars. Those cars were pushed into other vehicles, creating a scene full of wreckage several hundred yards wide.

One death was reported in the crashes; a 68-year-old woman was pronounced dead at the scene. One of the chiefs of the five fire departments that responded to the crash said that considering the number of cars scattered across the expressway, many on fire or smoldering after being hit, it was surprising there weren't more fatalities. Still, 33 other drivers and passengers were injured, some seriously.

Now, nearly a week after the crashes, those affected are undoubtedly wondering how and whether they will receive any compensation, both for the damage to their cars and the cost of their medical bills. The process of determining which cars caused the damage to other cars and who should cover the expenses of the people injured -- as well as the funeral and burial costs for the family of the fatal victim -- will not be a quick or easy one, and there are bound to be disputes. Those involved may want to consult a personal injury attorney who can help ensure they're fairly compensated.

Source: Officer.com, "One Killed, 33 Injured in Massive N.Y. Pileup," Frank Eltman, Dec. 20, 2012

  • Our firm is well-equipped to handle car accidents of any size. To learn more about our practice, visit our Newark car accidents page.

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