Inclement weather is suspected to have played a role in a tragic crash that claimed one life in the town of Pomfret. New York State Police responded to the car accident in the early afternoon of Jan. 20 to find three cars seriously damaged and one woman dead. An investigation into the specifics of the accident is still underway.
It appears as though a 49-year-old woman, a visitor from Australia, lost control of her vehicle after driving faster than was safe for the icy weather conditions. Her car passed into the oncoming lane, where it struck a freightliner truck that was subsequently rear-ended by a third vehicle. The woman was rushed to a local hospital, but later succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced dead.
The driver of the freightliner truck complained of chest pains and was taken to a local hospital for treatment and analysis. Thankfully, the driver of the third vehicle was uninjured, though his car was damaged in the crash. Police believe the woman was speeding at the time of the accident and have attributed this to her losing control of the car. It is unknown whether next-of-kin have been notified as of this writing.
A visitor to New York might not be prepared for the realities of driving in the kind of inclement weather this state experiences in the winter months, but that does not preclude a licensed driver to exercise caution when conditions call for it. If the driver of the freightliner is found to have suffered injuries in the car accident with respect to his chest pain, he may be compelled to file a personal injury suit against the estate of the deceased driver and any separate owner of the vehicle she was operating. Many times, the nature and extent of physical injuries suffered in a motor vehicle accident is not immediately apparent. Despite the fact that the deceased driver was only visiting, such a case would typically be overseen in a civil court in New York.
Source: observertoday.com, One dead in three-car accident, No author, Jan. 20, 2014