Drunk Driver Causes Serious Head-On Collision on Long Island
An early morning crash on Tuesday, May 3 led to one fatality and prompted a police investigation.
According to Nassau County police, the accident happened at approximately 5:15 a.m. that morning at the intersection of Grand Avenue and East Carl Avenue in Baldwin. One driver, 66, was pronounced dead at the scene, and another, a 31-year-old, was transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
The 31-year-old driver was later arrested and charged with second-degree vehicular manslaughter and driving while intoxicated.
Head-on collisions tend to have more severe results than other types of accidents because of the physics involved, especially when they occur at high speeds. These types of accidents have a much higher rate of severe injury and death than other types of crashes.
One of the leading causes of head-on collisions is drunk driving. Drivers who are under the influence of alcohol are more likely to lose control of their vehicle while on the road and drift into the wrong lane, making head-on accidents more likely.
All drivers are expected to remain on their side of the road at all times, and to obey all rules of the road to ensure the safety of everyone they share the roads with. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident caused by a drunk driver, you have the ability to file a civil claim for monetary damages whether or not the state initiates a criminal prosecution against that driver.
For more information about how to proceed with your personal injury claim, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer at Jakubowski, Robertson, Maffei, Goldsmith & Tartaglia LLP.