Two Brothers Involved in Fatal Crash on Long Island, NY

Howard Raphaelson
Partner, Attorney
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Two brothers, only a year apart, were involved in a deadly crash which took the life of one of them. The 18- and 19-year-old teens were driving home in separate cars from a night out with friends in the early morning hours. The 18-year-old brother was driving a 1996 Honda. His 19-year-old brother was driving a 1999 Pontiac.

As a car accident lawyer in New York City, seeing reckless driving is very common. More and more people are showing carelessness that is resulting in horrific accidents. Reckless driving leads to serious injuries and at times, even death. These teenagers were involved in reckless car racing with their friends and by driving excessively fast, chances of an accident were high, and survival low. After a certain point, it was difficult for the younger brother to control the speeding car.

Police say the 18-year-old sibling was speeding and tried to pass his 19-year-old brother, when the 18-year-old sideswiped him. Police said the younger brother lost control of his car, hit a curb, and then crashed into a tree. The crash was so forceful that the bark was torn off the tree, and a speed limit sign knocked down, police said.

The 18-year-old driver and his passenger were trapped in the car and had to be freed, police said. The teen's Honda was ripped into three parts. The 18-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene by the County Medical Examiner's office. A 17-year-old girl was in the car with him. Grievously injured in the automobile accident, she was declared dead after being taken to a local hospital.

The 19-year-old brother walked away from the accident unscathed. A 21-year-old man was in the car with him, and he also walked away unhurt.

If the actions of another individual operating an automobile or other motor vehicle were careless, that negligent individual could be responsible for damages. Damages can include a personal injury caused by his or her actions for any pain and suffering, loss of wages, catastrophic injuries, and medical expenses. To determine the negligence of another, it is important that investigators immediately locate witnesses and obtain statements. A personal injury lawyer should coordinate a detailed investigation into the accident and provide guidance through this complex process.

Howard Raphaelson
Partner, Attorney
Howard A. Raphaelson founded Raphaelson & Levine Law Firm, P.C. in 1992 after graduating from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York City, NY. With over thirty years of experience as a personal injury lawyer, he has earned a trusted reputation from his peers, judges, and top leaders, including recognition among the top 5% injury attorneys as a “Super Lawyer” (Thomson Reuters) and “New York’s Best Lawyers” (New York Magazine).

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