In the movie theater, an explosive auto accident rarely kills the “good guy”; after all, it’s more likely a karma-induced payback for the “bad guy.” Consequently, audiences cheer when a car driven by a villain is propelled into the air and then crashes (with requisite Hollywood fireball). However, a real-life auto accident, such as one that recently occurred just north of New York City, elicits no applause — only horror and tears.
In an auto accident that made headlines across the state and beyond, a car carrying four individuals was involved in what could only be described as a horrific event. Due to causes that have yet to be determined via a thorough investigation, a Volkswagen Golf rammed against, and ultimately ran over, a guardrail. Continuing along its trajectory, the vehicle slammed into a part of a bridge.
The force from the auto accident was apparently so intense that the car exploded upon impact. By the time police arrived on the scene, the bodies of the occupants had been burned beyond recognition. The Golf was completely smashed.
This kind of fierce New York auto accident involving fire may not happen every day. When something like this befalls victims and their families, it’s essential to understand the various kinds of legal recourse available under our state’s wrongful death laws. No grieving family member should have to “go it alone” when it comes to dealing with funeral arrangements and the other expenses that inevitably accompany these types of tragedies. When a fatal accident is caused by the negligent or reckless actions of another party, the law permits the surviving family of those victimized to seek reimbursement of financial damages through a claim filed in civil court.
Source: cbs6albany.com, 4 die in fiery crash on NY highway, No author, Sept. 1, 2013