When a car accident occurs in a tunnel, there is a larger risk that multiple cars will be involved due to the close proximity of the vehicles traveling in both directions. One such accident recently occurred in New York's Lincoln Tunnel. Seven were injured in the multiple vehicle car accident, and one person lost his life.
According to a preliminary investigation, at about 8:30 a.m., the driver of a red car headed into the tunnel toward the city. Speeding may have been a factor as the driver lost control and rear-ended a van. The van was then consequently forced into a minibus. Not only did the crash occur in the popular tunnel, but also it occurred at the height of morning traffic.
A 49-year-old passenger riding in the van began having cardiac complications immediately after the crash. He had to be transported to a New York hospital, but he lost his life sometime after. Two more people had to be taken to a hospital for treatment of minor injuries after the collision, and four others were injured but refused treatment. No criminal charges have yet been filed against the driver of the red car.
Even if criminal charges are not filed against the driver, the family of the man who lost his life in the car accident could still pursue civil litigation. A criminal conviction is not required before a wrongful death suit can be filed. Additionally, if successful, the suit could monetarily reimburse the man's family for certain damages.
Source: NBC New York, "Passenger Dies in Lincoln Tunnel Chain-Reaction Crash That Snarled Traffic: Port Authority", , Sept. 2, 2014