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Car smashes into light in Brooklyn, leaves one dead

A one-car crash in Brooklyn on March 11 left one man dead and another in critical condition. Around 3 a.m., a vehicle was traveling Kings Highway when it collided with a light pole near Tilden Avenue in East Flatbush. Police say that the vehicle was so mangled that it was barely recognizable as one.

A security camera from a nearby home shows the car erupting in flames upon impact. A good Samaritan was able to extinguish the fire. The vehicle occupants, the 26-year-old driver and his 30-year-old passenger, were trapped inside the vehicle until first responders got them out, whereupon they were sent to Kings County Hospital in critical condition. There, the 30-year-old was later pronounced dead.

Videos that were later posted on the social media app "Citizen" show dozens of police officers all around the vehicle. The stretch of road between Snyder Avenue and Tilden Avenue had to be closed in both directions, but it was reopened after several hours.

The identities of the victims have not been released. Police believe that the driver had been speeding and lost control of the car. The speed limit of Kings Highway is 25 mph.

In some cases, investigators need to perform a crash reconstruction in order to find out just what happened. This is important when it comes to determining liability. In two-car crashes where both parties are considered negligent, the courts will determine the percentage of fault for each. Those who are less at fault may then be able to file a claim.

This is where having a lawyer may prove beneficial. Personal injury lawyers usually have teams of investigators who can gather evidence of a defendant's guilt. Medical experts may even come in to measure the extent of injuries. A victim could leave all negotiations to their lawyer.

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