On Dec. 16, three people died in a three-car accident in western New York. Authorities said the crash happened around 11 a.m. on Route 14 near Bostwick Road in the Ontario County town of Phelps.

New York State Police said a man driving a Buick west on Bostwick Road failed to obey a stop sign and crashed into an SUV headed north on Route 14. The force of the impact pushed the SUV into southbound traffic on Route 14 where it struck an oncoming pickup truck. The driver of the pickup truck, a 56-year-old Lyon woman, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. A 51-year-old man and a 77-year-old man who were passengers in the SUV also died at the scene. The SUV’s 56-year-old female driver, a Wolcott resident, was taken to Strong Memorial Hospital with undisclosed injuries. The Buick driver, a 71-year-old Geneva man, was not hurt in the crash.

While the Buick was left largely undamaged in the collision, the SUV was left overturned in a ditch near Route 14, and the pickup was broken into several pieces. Rescuers from the Oak Corners Fire Department had to work for hours to extricate the victims. Police are still investigating the crash.

When a negligent driver causes an auto accident, such as by running a stop sign, the injured parties may seek relief by filing a civil lawsuit for damages. With the aid of an attorney, a successful lawsuit might result in a financial settlement that helps pay for medical expenses, pain and suffering and lost wages. In cases where a victim dies due to the actions of a negligent driver, surviving family members could file a wrongful death lawsuit for damages like funeral costs and more.

Source: The Daily Star, “Cops release names of 3 killed in 3-vehicle crash,” The Associated Press, Dec. 17, 2014

Source: Daily Messenger, “Names released of those killed in Phelps crash“, Aaron Curtis, December 17, 2014