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Brooklyn Woman Killed in a Recent Car Accident

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The New York Daily News has published an up-close look at a Brooklyn woman who was recently killed in an auto accident in East Flatbush on Saturday, March 30th, at around 4:20 p.m. The story reminds us that car accidents cause untold damage on Brooklyn’s roads and that to many people have been taken from us by careless and reckless drivers.

The Driver Responsible was Possibly Speeding

The victim, 63-year-old Patricia Lancaster, was driving her Chevy Sedan down E. 56th Street when a 19-year-old driver struck her. Emergency personnel transported Lancaster to Mount Sinai Brooklyn Hospital, where she died. The driver stayed at the scene of the accident until emergency services arrived.

According to the Daily News story, surveillance video captured the car accident, which showed the teenage driver travelling very fast. The deceased’s daughter believes that the driver was speeding at the time of the accident, though no criminal charges have yet been filed.

Patricia Lancaster was a real estate agent who had previously worked as a clerk in the federal court. According to her daughter, the elder Lancaster also took care of her mother, who was suffering from dementia.

Speeding Kills

Although we don’t know all the facts of the accident in East Flatbush, there is no doubt that speeding is a serious danger to New York City drivers. In fact, according to the National Transportation Safety Board, the same number of people have been killed by speeding as have been killed by drunk driving during a 10-year period under study.

Also, increased speed is directly linked to more severe injuries. The faster a vehicle is going when it collides with someone, the more serious injuries victims will suffer. As an example, you might have only suffered mild whiplash if you are rear-ended by someone travelling at low speeds. But if the driver who hit you was speeding, then you could suffer a traumatic brain injury and facial injuries along with whiplash.

Alarmingly, most people are aware that speeding is dangerous but go too fast anyway. This is different from, say distracted driving, which many people might not yet fully appreciate the dangers of, or driving after smoking marijuana, which again many people do not believe is a danger.

According to New York City statistics, unsafe speed was a contributing factor in 265 of the accidents that caused injuries or fatalities. Another risky driving habit, following too closely, was linked as a causal factor in 1756 car accidents in New York City.

Contact a Brooklyn Auto Accident Attorney for Assistance

After a collision, you need to work quickly to protect your rights to compensation. At the Law Offices of David J. Hernandez & Associates, our Brooklyn car accident lawyers have helped many pedestrians and motorists injured by a speeding vehicle. As a result, we know how to obtain a favorable settlement that fully compensates you for all your losses related to the crash.

Please call us right away. We offer a complimentary case review, which you can schedule for yourself by calling 718-407-4123 or sending us an online message.


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