Lake Success, NY- A police investigation into a fatal crash involving tennis star Venus Williams faults the tennis star for the accident that killed a 78-year-old man and injured his wife. In response to the report, the family of the deceased filed a lawsuit.
Police Reports Says Williams to Blame
The police report, obtained by CNN, cites Williams for violation the right of way when she struck a car carrying two people. The car Williams hit suffered extensive damage on the passenger side and critically injured both occupants.
Williams’ defense says she was only traveling at five mph and had a green light at the time of the crash. She also said she did not see the car when the accident occurred.
The deceased man’s family filed a civil lawsuit accusing Williams of negligence, according to CNN.
In 2008, a study from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that 40 percent of traffic accidents in the U.S. occurs and red lights and intersections. Fifty-two percent of crashes occur at intersections with a red light and 31.3 percent involved stop signs. Intersection crashes occur more often in urban areas like New York City and Long Island.
Contributing Factors of Red-light crashes:
Driver error causes Ninety-six percent
Type of traffic- autos, pedestrians, and cyclists
The number of roads converging at the intersection
Type of signal at intersection
Most crashes at intersections involve side impact often referred to as a T-bone crash. Side-impact crashes have a lot of force, and the impact can be deadly.
Contact an Accident Lawyer in Lake Success
Every motorist has what is referred to as a duty of care, meaning their actions should take the actions any reasonable person would take in a similar situation. Under that standard, motorists have a responsibility to avoid endangering any person they share the road with, but too many drivers neglect to act in the interest of others. Given the fact that traffic crashes are one of the leading causes of accidental deaths in the U.S., it’s obvious that many motorists ignore their duty of care.
When a motorist runs a red light or a stop sign, they are liable for any resulting accidents. If you are hurt and need to recover compensation, let USAttorneys.com connect you with an accident lawyer in Lake Success, New York. You may be entitled to compensation, and you’ll have a better chance of getting a generous settlement or civil judgment. Call and set up a consultation with one of our accident lawyers as soon as you are able.
Tennis Star Venus Williams Liable for Deadly Crash