A non-injury accident caused a second injury accident near Utica, New York. The incident occurred around 1:40 p.m. in the afternoon near the Bremer's Liquor store in New Hartford. A car driven by a 19-year-old woman was stopped for a non-injury accident when her vehicle was struck by another car driven by another teenager.
This second collision caused multiple injuries. The 19-year-old driver of the first vehicle complained of neck and head injuries, but declined medical treatment. Meanwhile, the second car's airbags went off, injuring the man's female passenger. She was taken to the hospital with a possible brain injury.
According to local police, no tickets were immediately issued. While it seems obvious that the oncoming vehicle should avoid hitting the cars involved in an accident, police mentioned that he was unable to stop. This may indicate that the first accident was in such a spot that made it difficult to anticipate.
Such a fact could be determinative in figuring out who was at fault for the injuries caused in the accident. Establishing this negligence is the first step to recovering compensation for the damages caused by the accident. This becomes especially important when someone has sustained a brain injury.
Brain injuries can vary in severity but are always serious. They can effect cognitive development, and reduce the injured person's earning ability going forward. Local Connecticut attorneys in Hartford can help these victims recover an award that fully compensates them for such loss. From determining who was at fault to calculating and negotiating the amount of damages, local attorneys can work with victims and their families throughout the recovery process.
Source: Utica Observer-Dispatch, "Car crashes into another accident in New Hartford," Dec. 2, 2013