It is impossible to explain why one car accident results in minor injuries for those involved, while another leads to more serious injuries or even death. Even when the details of an accident appear to be similar, such as with the speed the cars were traveling, the end result is never exactly the same.
A recent accident in Brooklyn, New York led to a horrific scene in which a vehicle was split in half. As a result of the accident, a 33-year-old woman is in critical condition. The victim was a passenger in a Lexus traveling westbound on Atlantic Avenue at roughly 3 a.m. on the morning of Sept. 29. Upon making a left turn, the vehicle collided with a 1997 Volkswagen that was traveling east on Atlantic Avenue.
According to police, this led to the Lexus losing control and hitting a light pole at the intersection. Subsequently, the pole split the car in two. The woman was immediately transported to Brookdale Hospital, along with the driver of the vehicle. She is in critical condition, while the man driving is listed in stable condition.
Police noted that the driver and passengers of the other vehicle were offered medical attention at the scene, but declined. At this time, the investigation is ongoing, and it is unclear whether or not alcohol or excessive speed caused the accident.
While it is not known if criminal charges will be filed, it is not required in order for a civil suit to be filed. Those who are injured in an accident can file a personal injury lawsuit against those responsible for an accident for such claims as medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages and other damages. This allows the injured parties to seek compensation for another’s negligence or recklessness.
Source: New York Post, “Car split in half after horrific crash” Michael Blaustein, Sep. 29, 2013