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New York car accident results in severe injuries

Various areas of New York can get very busy with traffic. It seems like there are more cars on the roads every year. This holds true for boroughs like The Bronx, where a serious car accident recently occurred.

The accident involved an SUV that had been heading northbound on I-95. The SUV, a black 2013 Escalade, was going through Eastchester and was close to the Baychester Avenue exit around 5:15 a.m. At that time, police say, the driver lost control of the car, and it crashed into a New England Thruway guardrail at high speed.

Witnesses nearby describe the sound of the crash as "gut-wrenching." They say that people came out of stores when they heard it. Additionally, according a witness, the vehicle was mangled and in pieces. Authorities are saying that excessive speed was the main factor in the accident.

The driver of the SUV, 32, is based in Rockland County. He had a Taxi and Limousine Commission license. However, a local radio station suggest that his license may have been revoked.

There were 9 people total in the SUV. In addition to the driver, there were six other men and two women. All of the passengers were Bronx residents, with ages that ranged from 24 to 36.

All of them suffered injuries. The driver's injuries and those of one passenger were serious, and both are currently listed as being in critical condition according to a medical center spokesman. The injuries of the other seven passengers are less severe. All of them are undergoing medical care at Jacobi Medical Center, where they are listed as being in stable condition.

The driver of the vehicle could face criminal charges. In addition, personal injury lawsuit might be filed in order for the injured parties to seek compensation for their medical expenses, pain and suffering, emotional trauma and lost wages, as well as other claims. It's important that victims of such crashes understand their rights and how to proceed with pursuing compensation for their injuries and damages.

Source:  NY Post, "9 injured in early morning Bronx SUV crash" Lorena Mongelli, Apr. 25, 2014

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