Watertown, NY – Donald Steele, Christopher J. Long Injured in Car Crash on CR-31 near SR-11

Watertown, NY – Donald Steele, Christopher J. Long Injured in Car Crash on CR-31 near SR-11

Watertown, NY (November 1, 2022) – On October 21, at around 6:45 p.m., State Police in Watertown were called to the scene of a serious injury accident that occurred on County Route 31. 

Preliminary reports show that the accident happened on CR-31 near State Route 11 when Christopher J. Long, age 27, from Fort Drum, NY, was headed north and failed to negotiate a turn. He left the roadway and hit a tree, sources said. 

Long and a passenger present in the vehicle, identified as Donald Steele, age 18, from Watertown, required extrication from the vehicle by firefighters with the North Pole Fire Department. Long was airlifted by LifeNet to Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse. He is listed in critical condition. 

Steele was taken to the same hospital and is listed in stable condition. Police continue to investigate the details of the accident. 

State police worked at the scene along with the North Pole Fire Department, City of Watertown Fire Department, Calcium Fire Department, Guilfoyle Ambulance, and LifeNet. 

We hope for the full recovery of the injured victims. 

New York Car Accidents

Every year, hundreds of people lose their lives in fatal auto crashes in New York. On average, approximately 2 of every 100,000 residents in New York are killed due to an auto crash. These wrecks are usually preventable, however, they continue to happen on a regular basis and seriously alter the lives of involved parties.

Regardless of how safe drivers are while they’re on the road, it is impossible to predict the behavior of other motorists. The majority of car crashes that happen in the United States are the result of driver negligence. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that over 90% of the car wrecks reported in the United States are due to the actions of distracted, fatigued, or intoxicated drivers. 

Usually, when a negligent driver causes an injury crash, those victimized have legal options available to help them recover financially. If you were hurt in a car crash caused by a negligent driver, you should call an attorney. By working with a skilled personal injury lawyer, you may be able to collect financial compensation for the losses and damages that resulted from your accident. 

A lawyer can help you get the money you need to pay for expensive medical care required for your recovery, as well as vehicle repairs, wage loss you incurred due to the severity of your injuries, and more. Even pain, suffering, emotional trauma, and other non-economic damages may be eligible for financial compensation depending on the circumstances of your accident. 

At Metro Law, for over four decades, our car crash lawyers have fought diligently to assist injured crash victims and their family members recover after they suffer injuries in a severe auto crash caused by negligence. Even if you are found to be partially at fault for an auto accident, you may still be eligible to collect compensation. Contact a Watertown car crash lawyer to learn more about your legal rights.

You can reach our law office by calling (800) 469-6476. Our firm works on contingency which means you pay us nothing unless you’re awarded full and fair compensation for your injuries and losses. Call us as soon as you can to learn how you may be able to financially recover.

Notes: Outside sources were used in the creation of this post including news bulletins and first-hand accounts of the accident and injuries involved. As a result, the details of the accident presented have not been independently verified. If you have identified any false information in the story or would like the post to be removed, please inform us immediately, and we will correct the information or remove the post. 

Disclaimer: As a member of the local community, we at Metro Law strive to improve the overall safety and quality of life for everyone who lives in our beloved state. We are extremely saddened by these accidents but hope that through an awareness of these dangers, those in our community will take precautions to avoid these accidents. This is not a solicitation for business, and this information should not be misconstrued as medical or legal advice. We wish only the best and quickest recovery to all those involved in the accident. The photos depicted in this post are not from the actual accident scene.