Intoxicated drivers are a problem that seems to never go away. Almost daily, serious car accidents take place with alcohol as a contributing factor. In many cases, these incidents claim lives and leave innocent travelers seriously injured. Often, they can leave surviving parties considering their legal options.
It was recently reported that a crash in New York involved a drunk driver. Apparently, the 47-year-old man was traveling north in the southbound lanes of the roadway when his vehicle collided with a minivan and a pickup truck. The collision took place around 5:30 a.m. There were at least two people in the wrong-way vehicle, and it was unclear exactly how many occupants were in the other two vehicles.
The incident resulted in the passenger in the wrong-way vehicle suffering fatal injuries. A person in the minivan was taken to the hospital with injuries, and the driver of the pickup truck declined medical attention. The driver of the wrong-way vehicle was hospitalized in serious but stable condition. Nonetheless, he is currently facing criminal charges for assault with serious injury, DWI, reckless endangerment and vehicular manslaughter.
Wrong-way drivers can cause a number of problems on the roads, and as this New York incident shows, serious and fatal injuries can result. For those affected by this crash, looking into their legal options may be a wise step to take. The family of the passenger killed in this crash may have reason to pursue a wrongful death claim, and the seriously injured person in the other vehicle could file a personal injury claim. Gaining information on these options and how they could be useful may prove beneficial to these parties.