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Dangerous curves and drunk driving: A perilous combination

Do you drive home from work the same way every evening? Perhaps there's a particularly dangerous curve you have to navigate, and every time, you notice a bouquet of flowers -- or multiple bouquets of flowers -- on the corner in remembrance of the people who died.

It's clear to you why it happened. The curve is a sharp one, and if someone isn't paying attention, they could drive right off the road. In a lot of cases, the people who cause these accidents are drunk. When you combine a dangerous curve with drinking and driving, the effects are often disastrous.

New York crash highlights the dangers of drunk driving

In a recent Long Island car accident, a drunk driver collided head-on with another vehicle at a dangerous curve in the road. In fact, the incident occurred at the same spot of a roadside memorial made to remember the victims of a previous crash.

The accident happened at 2:15 a.m. A 45-year-old man operating a Ford Mustang collided head-on with a 22-year-old woman operating a Ford Focus. The 45-year-old man died, and the 22-year-old woman was transported to the hospital with serious injuries.

At this time, it's unknown who was at fault in the incident, and police have yet to determine if either of the drivers were drunk. However, drunk drivers did cause the two previous fatal accidents at the same curve -- which happened in January 2015 and December 2010.

Liable parties when accidents occur at dangerous curves

If a New York car crash occurs at a curve that's known to be dangerous, it's often that the root of the blame will land on a negligent, inattentive, reckless, drunk or unlawful driver. However, the municipality in charge of keeping the roads safe and free of unnecessary risks could also be to blame.

It's important for victims of injurious and fatal car accidents to examine their claims closely to identify all of the potentially liable parties who may be to blame for the accidents.

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