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New York motor vehicle accidents: 2 hurt, 1 dead on Long Island

When a car crashes into a house, the prognosis for the occupants of the car is not great. The hope is that no one in the house was near the site of the collision. Motor vehicle accidents occur every day here in New York and throughout the country, though few of them involve a collision with a private residence. Unfortunately, a driver recently lost control of his car on Long Island and ended up crashing into a neighborhood home in West Babylon. Tragically, two passengers suffered severe injuries, and a teenage girl lost her life. 

According to police, the man was driving his car on a recent Sunday night. When he lost control of the vehicle, it first struck a telephone pole before hitting the house. Three passengers in the vehicle were all seriously injured. Fortunately, no one in the house was hurt, though the home was damaged to the point where officials had it condemned. The crash investigation is ongoing, and police have asked for help in determining what happened.

The car passengers -- ages 17, 18 and 20 -- were taken to a nearby hospital. Two of them suffered serious, yet non-life threatening injuries. Unfortunately, the 17-year-old succumbed to her injuries early the next morning. The driver escaped the wreck with minor injuries.

The two injured victims, the family of the deceased teenager as well as the homeowners are likely all interested in following the progress of the official accident investigation by New York police. The gathered evidence may be used to support personal injury claims and a wrongful death lawsuit for monetary damages on behalf of the injured passengers and the deceased victim. Moreover, the homeowners clearly have a valid claim for property damage. Fatal motor vehicle accidents of this nature typically result in claims for significant financial losses to cover financial losses, such as medical funeral and burial costs, lost income and pain and suffering, among other accident-related damages.

Source: pix11.com, "1 dead, 2 hurt after car crashes into West Babylon house", Christopher Brito, Aug. 31, 2015

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