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New York Family Files Wrongful Death Lawsuit After Fatal Car Crash

Our New York law enforcement is faced daily with fighting drunk drivers. However, they also struggle to combat the growing problem of drugged drivers who pose just as serious of a public safety concern as drunk drivers. Now, in the case of a suspected drugged driver responsible for the death of their children, a family is holding a man accountable.

Twin 40-year-old siblings headed out to New York City on October 6 to celebrate their birthday, but instead, their family ended up mourning their deaths. According to the Scranton Times Tribune, a tragic accident that night occurred when the driver of a dump truck apparently lost control causing his truck to veer across the grass median, become airborne and plow into the sibling’s car.  The two died instantly.

The driver was never charged in the crash, and he said he experienced a seizure that caused him to lose control of the vehicle. The family said investigators revealed in a meeting after the crash that the driver was found to have both marijuana and synthetic marijuana in his blood when tested after the crash.

The driver was contacted by the Scranton Times and admitted that he had been smoking marijuana with a friend over the weekend. However, he insisted he was not under-the-influence at the time the accident occurred the following Thursday morning.

State Police Trooper Connie Devens, a spokeswoman at the Dunmore barracks was questioned by the newspaper about the marijuana in the driver’s bloodstream. She said, “Our investigation is still ongoing. At this point in time that’s the only comment that we can make.”

If a person dies in a New York motor vehicle accident caused by a drug-impaired driver, their family has a legal right to hold the driver accountable.

A wrongful death lawsuit filed by the survivors of a person killed in a crash may be able to recover compensation through a jury verdict or insurance settlement that includes medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering and other related damages.

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Experience counts.  If you or a loved one has suffered serious injuries in a New York car accident due to a drugged driver, contact Scott C. Gottlieb, Injury Law Attorney to help.   Our New York personal injury law office handles all types of accident, injury and medical malpractice cases.

As you work on recovering from your injuries, let our Binghamton, New York accident attorney’s office take care of the rest, including the paperwork, insurance documents and other legal issues related to your accident. Contact our personal injury attorney today at (607) 724-7700 or use our online contact form. There is no charge for the consultation.

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