Two Die in St. Lawrence County Collision After Elderly Driver Loses Control

A father and son were tragically killed in a recent two-vehicle crash in St. Lawrence County. According to New York State Police, an 81-year-old Potsdam man was driving a sedan west on the Morley-Potsdam Road in Canton when he unexpectedly lost control of the vehicle and slid sideways into the path of a westbound Pick-up truck around 4:30 pm. The 48-year-old pick-up driver was reportedly unable to avoid a collision and struck the sedan on the passenger side. Paramedics purportedly transported the 81-year-old man to Canton-Potsdam Hospital where he later died as a result of the injuries he sustained in the crash. In addition, the elderly driver's 51-year-old son was pronounced dead at the scene of the traffic wreck. Police stated the driver of the pick-up was not injured in the fatal incident.

Deadly car accidents like this one often occur without warning. Common causes of fatal traffic crashes in New York include inclement weather, driver inattention, motorist impairment, speeding, and a number of other factors. Data from the New York Department of Health estimates that about 1,500 individuals were killed and more than 15,000 people were injured in traffic accidents throughout the state each year in 2005, 2006, and 2007. In addition, males between the ages of 20 and 24 and drivers over the age of 65 are allegedly at highest risk of death in a motor vehicle accident.

If your family member died as a result of a driver's negligent actions, you may be entitled to receive financial compensation for your loss. The spouse, child, or parent of a person who was killed in an avoidable traffic accident in New York may recover damages associated with the cost of the decedent's medical care, loss of consortium, lost benefits and wages, and funeral expenses. A close relative may also receive damages related to any personal injuries suffered by a loved one prior to his or her wrongful death by filing a survival action. The time frame during which a New York wrongful death or survival action lawsuit may be filed in is limited. If you have questions about your right to recovery following the unexpected loss of a family member, you should contact a quality personal injury attorney to discuss your case.

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Father, Son Die In St. Lawrence County Crash, wwnytv.com