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‘I Can’t Stop The Car!’

Authorities are still searching for clues after a vehicle barreled into a Long Island barber shop and injured three people.
Several witnesses agreed that the Ford SUV was out of control moments before it crashed through the side of Prestige Barbers in Syosset. The driver, whose name was not released, reportedly shouted “Everyone move, everyone get out of the way, I can’t stop the car!” according to one witness. The shopkeeper at an adjacent bags shop set up a makeshift triage center in the parking lot to tend to injured victims until first responders arrived. At least three people were transported to local hospitals, although the exact total may be higher.
Police speculate that either the vehicle was defective or the driver made an error. Either way, the driver is not expected to be charged.

Evidence Collection in Car Crash Cases

For the last several years, all new passenger cars sold in the United States have contained an Event Data Recorder, a bundle of electronic sensors that is connected to key vehicle components. First generation EDRs did little more than record whether or not the airbags deployed, but currently installed devices collect a wide range of data, including:

  • Steering angle,
  • Vehicle speed,
  • Brake application,
  • Engine RPM,
  • Airbag deployment, and
  • Certain mechanical information.

Exact capability varies according to make and model, but most EDRs capture and store up to seven seconds of information in each category. An attorney must act quickly to preserve this evidence, because if the vehicle is totaled, the insurance company normally destroys it within a few days or weeks after the wreck. Such action normally includes a spoliation letter, which creates a legal duty for the owner to preserve all evidence in the case, including the EDR.
Any one of these areas might provide critical information about the crash that is very useful in negligence trials, because such electronic information is generally very reliable. Upon a successful trial following a serious injury crash, damages normally include compensation for both economic losses, like lost wages, and noneconomic losses, like pain and suffering.
All successful cases are built on solid evidence. For a free consultation with attorneys who get to work quickly, contact Proner & Proner. We have six office locations in the Tri-State area.

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