Drunk driving on the New York City streets causes a number of fatal accidents every year. A woman is facing charges after a car crash left her passenger dead.
The woman was driving in Rosedale, Queens early one Monday morning when she rear-ended another vehicle. Her car flipped over and the woman's passenger was pronounced dead at a local hospital. The 18-year-old driver of the other vehicle was taken to a hospital as well, and reports suggest that he is in stable condition.
The 28-year-old woman has been charged with manslaughter, vehicular manslaughter, and driving while intoxicated.
Drivers have a duty to exercise reasonable care when operating a motor vehicle. If a driver behaves negligently behind the wheel, he may have to pay damages caused by his negligence. In order to determine who is at fault for car accidents, courts look at a variety of factors. They will consider whether the driver disobeyed traffic signs, drove above the speed limit or was under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the accident.
Even in urban areas where speed limits are low, drunk drivers are particularly dangerous and can lead to serious consequences. If an officer has a reasonable suspicion that the driver is impaired, the officer can ask the driver about his or her alcohol intake. The officer can also conduct field sobriety tests or administer a breathalyzer test. After this basic investigation, the officer may have probable cause to arrest the driver for drunk driving.
Fortunately, there are options for those who are involved in an accident caused by a drunk driver in New York. Some may be able to receive damages in a civil lawsuit. The family members of those who have died in an accident may be able to file a wrongful death suit on their loved one's behalf and receive damages for a variety of accident-related expenses.
Source: CBS New York, "Passenger killed, driver charged in crash in southeast Queens," April 14, 2014