A man is dead after being involved in a head-on collision on the Southern State Parkway. The accident reportedly occurred around 10 p.m. on Nov. 11.
According to police, the accident was caused by a 63-year-old Bay Shore man who was driving the wrong way down the parkway. His vehicle struck another vehicle being driven by a 24-year-old East Islip man. The younger man died at the scene. The older man was transported to Southside Hospital for treatment of critical injuries.
At the time of the report, police did not know why the older driver was traveling the wrong way in the eastbound lanes. However, investigators believe it could have been a combination of factors including reduced visibility due to fog and confusion brought on by the high number of construction signs and barrels in the area. Toxicology results were pending at the time of the report, and the investigation was still ongoing.
The death of a loved one can be expensive as well as emotionally traumatizing. Hospital bills and funeral costs can have significant financial impact on a family. If the death was caused by the negligence of another driver, the family of the deceased may be able to get financial compensation for their losses.
A personal injury attorney may be able to help families following fatal car accidents by filing wrongful death claims. By using available information, such as toxicology reports, crash reconstructions, police reports and witness testimonies, an attorney may be able to demonstrate fault on the part of the accused. If so, the defendant may be responsible for the financial burden placed upon the family by the accident.
Source: CBS New York , "1 Dead, 1 Injured In Southern State Parkway Wrong-Way Crash", November 12, 2014