Four people are dead, and at least two more are injured, after a vicious multi-vehicle crash in Long Island, New York.
The wreck occurred on Yaphank Middle Island Road in Yaphank, NY. A southbound driver apparently lost control of his pickup truck on the rain-slicked road, crossed over to the northbound side of the roadway, and slammed into an oncoming sedan.
At least three victims were airlifted to local hospitals. The pickup truck driver and three occupants in the sedan were killed in the car accident. Two other sedan occupants – an adult and a baby – were transported to local hospitals; the infant’s injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.
None of the names of the victims were released by law enforcement.
Breach of Duty in Negligence Cases
Excessive speed is a contributing factor in about one-third of motor vehicle crashes, and these damages end up costing society a staggering $7,300 per second. As the tragic car accident in Long Island NY illustrates, a vehicle does not have to be travelling in excess of the speed limit for velocity to be a factor in a car crash. Many drivers fail to adjust to adverse environmental conditions, like darkness and wet roads, which impede visibility and/or vehicle control. Consequently, when turning or negotiating a curve, many drivers over-steer and then overcompensate.
Excessive velocity has several implications for vehicle collisions:
- Stopping Distance: At 50mph, most vehicles come to a complete stop after travelling 175 feet, or roughly 13 car lengths; at 70mph, the stopping distance is about twice as high. Bear in mind that these distances assume that the roads are dry, the weather is good, and visibility is unlimited.
- External Force: According to Newton’s Second Law of Physics, velocity exponentially increases a collision’s external force, so speed transforms “fender benders” into serious collisions causing
- Internal Force: When the vehicle stops suddenly because it collides with another object, items in the car, like cellphones and books, keep moving at the previous speed. Therefore, they effectively become high-speed projectiles that, in many cases, are aimed directly at the vehicle occupants’ heads.
If the collision involved a serious injury, damages in a car crash case include compensation for economic losses, like medical bills, and noneconomic losses, such as pain and suffering. Punitive damages may also be available, in some cases.
The old adage that “speed kills” is quite true. For a free consultation with attorneys who are committed to your full recovery, contact Proner & Proner. We have six office locations in the Tri-State area and our legal team is prepared to help you get compensated for your car accident injuries.