At the end of March, a 10-car crash occurred in a chain reaction on Long Island Route 110 in North Amityville, when a car sped up at a red light, went airborne and rolled over other vehicles.
New York CBS Local reported that the driver was a 76-year-old man in a Lexus sedan. He experienced a medical emergency that caused him to lose control of his car.
According to ABC7, one driver described how he was sitting at the red light and saw the Lexus fly by around 100 miles per hour, rolling over cars like a tidal wave in the air. People in vehicles didn’t see the accident coming.
Nine individuals suffered injuries, including the Lexis driver, whom firefighters had to extract from his car, but the injuries were not life threatening. All were transported to nearby hospitals. One victim was hit in the arm by a piece of metal debris that shot through the car’s back windshield, but there was no bleeding.
Debris was all over the highway and the odor of gasoline filled the air. As people emerged from their cars and looked at the pileup, they were amazed that they were able to even walk away from the accident.
Legal Liability in Car Accidents
New York No-Fault Insurance Laws
New York is one of 12 states that have no-fault insurance law, which means that up to a certain limit, insurance covers the damage to your car and injuries, no matter who is at fault for the accident. No-fault insurance covers up to $50,000 for economic losses, which includes ambulance, hospital expenses, doctor bills, prescription drugs and diagnostic tests (x-rays and MRI’s), physical therapy and lost wages. If your injury is serious and exceeds the no-fault limit, you should seek legal help and sue for damages. Such third-party lawsuits would also cover pain and suffering.
Sackstein Sackstein & Lee, LLP is an experienced law firm that has helped many individuals recover compensation for more than 65 years.