Police are unsure what caused a fatal Brooklyn car crash.
It is known that 64-year-old Marie Beavers, of Canarsie, was in her 2003 Toyota Camry making a left turn from Emmons Avenue onto Nostrand Avenue when she collided with a 2015 Lexus which was traveling in the opposite direction; the name of the other driver was not released. First responders rushed Ms. Beavers to a nearby hospital, where she was later pronounced dead. The Lexus driver refused medical attention at the scene.
The NYPD’s Collision Investigation Squad is looking into the crash and no summonses have been issued.
Evidence in a Car Crash
It is often difficult to establish fault in car wrecks in general, and intersection collisions in particular. This rule sometimes applies even if there are eyewitnesses, because they may not be reliable for one reason or another or they may give conflicting accounts of the crash. But technology may have an answer to this dilemma.
Nearly every car in the United States has an Event Data Recorder, which is similar to the “black boxes” in commercials airplanes. Depending on the type of EDR, these devices capture and record a variety of crucial crash data, including:
- Vehicle speed,
- Airbag deployment,
- Seatbelt use,
- Angle of steering,
- Brake application, and
- Mechanical condition.
Many commercial vehicles also include dashcams that can provide evidence of cellphone use and other forms of distracted driving.
This evidence is not easy to obtain, especially because many insurance companies destroy totaled vehicles a few days after the crash. In these situations, to keep the defendant from intentionally or unintentionally destroying this critical evidence, an attorney will send a spoliation letter that puts the party on notice that a lawsuit may ultimately be filed and the EDR must be preserved for later inspection.
If the plaintiff suffers a serious injury, the victim is entitled to compensation for both economic and non-economic damages. Punitive damages may also be available, in some cases.
Since the plaintiff has the burden of proof, it is important to collect as much evidence as possible. For a free consultation with hard-working attorneys, contact us. Our main office is conveniently located near Grand Central Station.