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Alcohol and Speed Probable Cause of Fatal Crash on the LIE

Three people died and nearly a dozen others were injured after a multi-vehicle crash on the Long Island Expressway (LIE) in Queens last month.

The initial crash occurred when the 25-year-old driver of a black Infiniti apparently lost control and hit a guardrail around 4:20 a.m. The impact cause the Infiniti to split in half; the front portion landed in one of the lanes of the LIE and was hit by an Acura TL. The driver of the Infiniti and two passengers were ejected from the vehicle. They were pronounced dead at the scene. The two other passengers were transported to an area hospital, one in critical condition. The Acura driver was unharmed.

The fatal crash spawned a chain-reaction pile-up when a dump truck, attempting to avoid the first accident, collided with five other vehicles stopped by the first crash. Several people were injured in that crash.

A preliminary investigation indicated that the Infiniti driver was speeding and lost control of the vehicle. It is unknown whether any of the occupants were wearing seat belts. Alcohol may have also played a role as it was reported that the quintet inside the Infiniti were on their way home after a birthday celebration at Bar Nine in Hell’s Kitchen.

Many factors may have reduced the severity of this crash. For example, investigators will be looking to see if the guardrail was faulty. Guardrails are supposed to be designed to keep drivers and passengers safe in the event of a crash. If a guardrail is able to split a vehicle in two, it may not be designed properly. The second crash may have been due to negligence on the part of the dump truck driver. Was he distracted or speeding?
The details of this fatal crash won’t be known until the investigation is complete. In the meantime, those who lost a loved one will struggle to pick up the pieces and move on. The injured victims may endure months of medical treatment to heal; some may face life-long injuries. An experienced attorney can help the victims understand their litigation options and rights to seek compensation for their loss.

Serious injuries or death in an auto accident can leave victims and their families with serious medical expenses, funeral and burial expenses, income loss, and other expenses. Cases like this take years to settle, especially if it involved proving the government was aware of a significant roadway danger, but failed to fix it. The bar that served the Infiniti driver may also be held accountable. Did bar employees ignore obvious signs of intoxication?

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