A 21-year-old Deer Park woman was killed when her sedan was struck by another driver as she was waiting for her vehicle to be towed, according to police. The other driver, a 51-year-old West Islip man driving a Chevy Caprice, was taken to Southside Hospital and was reported to be in critical condition. The tow truck driver was uninjured.

The accident occurred shortly after noon on Oct. 29 along Sunrise Highway in Bayshore, Long Island. The 21-year-old woman was sitting inside her vehicle as it was struck by the Chevy Caprice. Investigators say that no criminality appears to be at play at this time; however, the investigation is still ongoing. Distraction, speeding or a medical condition on the part of the Chevy driver may prove to be a factor in the accident.

The family of a victim who dies in a car accident can take on a significant financial burden due to the death of their loved one. Funeral expenses, auto repairs and lost income, if the loved one contributed money to the family, can all take a toll on a family’s expenses. Filing a wrongful death lawsuit might possibly help the family recover compensation for their losses.

By examining available evidence, such as police reports, crash reconstructions and witness accounts, an attorney may be able to determine the liability of the at-fault driver. Negligence such as texting or talking on a mobile device, driving while under the influence or any other behavior that can take away from a driver’s awareness of surrounding conditions is at the root of many car accidents. If it can be proven that negligence on the part of a driver involved in an accident is what lead to the crash, an attorney may be able to build a case against the driver responsible.

Source: WABC, “Woman being helped by tow truck killed in Sunrise Highway crash“, Carolina Leid, October 29, 2014