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New York accident kills 2, injures 3

An accident in the Bronx on Hutchinson River Parkway on the morning of Nov. 9 resulted in two deaths and three injuries. The car accident occurred at approximately 7 a.m. near Orchard Beach Road and involved multiple vehicles, the FDNY said.

According to police, the accident began when the driver of an SUV lost control and crashed into the guardrail on Hutchinson River Parkway. The SUV then struck a livery cab when the driver tried to swerve back into the lanes of traffic. The livery cab collided with another car.

Both victims, aged 51 and 54, were passengers in the livery cab. Three people were injured in the accident. One injured was listed in serious condition, and the others were said to only have minor injuries. The president of the Federation of Taxi Drivers says he believes that the accident was preventable. His group has been trying to get concrete medians on roadways in the area for years. He said that a barricade simply results in a car being flipped over instead of knocking the top off another vehicle, which is what happened in this case.

While not all the details of the accident are known, it seems that the driver of the SUV may be responsible for the deaths and injuries of those involved in this accident. The victims and the families of those who were killed may have the right to seek compensation from the driver found responsible. Wrongful death, medical expenses, property damage, and pain and suffering are common types of damages rewarded in personal injury cases resulting from a car accident. This compensation may be needed to help those injured or the family of those killed pay expenses that resulted from the accident and replace wages lost due to their injury or death.

Source: NBC New York, "2 Dead, 3 Injured in Bronx Car Crash", Sheldon Dutes, Checkey Beckford, November 09, 2013

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