Some New York residents may have heard that four Secret Service agents were injured in a car accident on Dec. 29, 2015. The accident occurred when a car crossed double yellow lines and then hit a car going in the opposite direction that the agents were traveling in.
According to the director of the Secret Service, all four agents had serious but not life-threatening injuries. They were all transferred to a nearby hospital. The other driver, a 45-year-old man, died at the scene, and two passengers in that car were also injured.
The accident occurred along Route 16 in New Hampshire. The agents were in a Ford Taurus and the other car was a Mercury Sable. At the time, the agents were on duty protecting a presidential candidate, but it was not reported who that candidate was. Several were campaigning in the state when the accident occurred.
As a crash like this demonstrates, even the most careful drivers can be involved in car accidents. There is often little time to practice defensive driving against a car that crosses the center lane or rear-ends another vehicle, and seat belts and air bags are not always sufficient to protect people from serious injury. Even if the driver who causes such an accident is insured, the people who are injured will often be offered too little by the insurance company. People injured in an accident in which they are not at fault may wish to speak with an attorney about their rights. An attorney may be able to assist in getting more compensation for the people injured. In some cases, this may include filing a personal injury lawsuit against the negligent motorist.
Source: CNN, "4 Secret Service agents injured in fatal New Hampshire car crash," Tom LoBianco and Sarah Jorgensen, Dec. 30, 2015