THE BRONX, NY – Six people were injured in a seven-vehicle collision in the Bronx Sunday morning, in an accident that caused significant traffic on one of the borough’s major arteries.
Fire officials say the pileup occurred on the Major Deegan Expressway near West Fordham Road. One person was listed as in serious condition following the incident.
Traffic was snarled as emergency responders worked to clear the wreck.
The accident comes just a month after three people were hospitalized following an eight-vehicle collision on the same expressway.
Negligence and Car Accidents
The legal concept of negligence is central to many car accident cases. A driver has acted negligently when they have failed to exercise due care, and injured someone as a result. This may be because of something they did (broke the speed limit or run a stop sign) or something they failed to do (yield the right of way to a pedestrian).
There are four elements to bringing a claim of negligence:
- The defendant had a duty of reasonable care. Drivers are required by law to follow traffic laws and avoid injuring their fellow motorists and pedestrians.
- The defendant breached or violated the duty of reasonable care. This occurs when the driver has broken traffic laws or acted in an irresponsible or reckless way. To determine if this has occurred, the court will compare the driver’s actions to those of a hypothetical reasonable person — i.e. one who follows all traffic laws and acts prudently while behind the wheel.
- The plaintiff suffered losses. These losses may be in the form of medical injury and related expenses (hospital bills, lost wages, pain, and suffering experienced) or property damage (a totaled vehicle).
- The defendant caused the plaintiff’s injuries. The plaintiff must show that the damages they experienced were the direct result of the defendant’s breach of the duty of reasonable care.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a car accident and another driver is at fault, the law firm of Finz & Finz, P.C., can help you hold them responsible for their actions — and secure the financial compensation to which you’re entitled. Contact us today to discuss your case with one of our experienced New York car accident attorneys.