Pieces of a sedan involved in a recent car accident were strewn across the highway and into the median as crews attempted to clean up the scene. The single car accident resulted in the death of the woman driving the vehicle and the hospitalization of her husband, who was also in the vehicle at the time, reports a witness.
The woman briefly lost control of her SUV; it is unknown what caused her to swerve to the side of the road and hit the guardrail. After attempting to correct the course of the vehicle, the woman overcorrected and caused the vehicle to roll. Because SUVs are more top heavy than sedans, they are much more likely to the roll when they change direction suddenly.
The woman was thrown from the vehicle as it rolled because she was not wearing her seatbelt at the time. The woman’s husband was also not wearing his seatbelt but he remained with the vehicle as it rolled although his body did partial leave the SUV. This situation exemplifies the importance of wearing seatbelts, explains a policeman.
The woman may have been distracted by her passenger, a cellphone or possible under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the incident. The police have not yet attempted to question the husband because of the severity of his injuries and his hospitalization. There is also less urgency to determining the exact circumstances since the operator of the vehicle was killed and will not have face charges; the lack of other vehicles involved also make the incident less of a priority.
The husband continues to recover from his critical, if not life-threatening, injuries. The vehicle was totaled in the accident. The cleanup crews have finished scouring the area for any additional parts of the vehicle. The insurance companies in Nassau and Suffolk have not commented on the case, but will most likely conduct their own investigation into the events that took place that evening to determine their liability; in a case such as this, the husband’s injuries may be covered by either the health insurance company or the auto insurance company.
If you have been involved in an accident and need help in negotiating with an insurance company, you should contact a New York Car Accident Attorney to help you determine what compensation you deserve.