A recent accident or, rather, chain of accidents, in a town not too far from White Plains left one person dead and another person, a police officer, injured.

According to reports, officers were working on an unrelated crash at the side of the road when a vehicle driven by a 31-year-old man ran in to two of the police cruisers at the scene. The officer who got hurt suffered minor injuries according to initial reports.

However, just prior to hitting the police vehicles, the man had also struck another man walking alongside the road. The man who got hit had for some reason parked his car on the side of the road. The driver who was responsible for the accident was also transported to the hospital, although he is expected to survive the crash.

While this was not confirmed, the report suggested that the fact it was raining heavily around the time of the incidents may have played a role in this tragedy. As such, it is a good opportunity to remind readers that New York has what is called a basic speed law.

The basic speed law requires a driver to slow down enough to be able drive safely in the conditions, meaning a motorist’s speed always has to take account of things like heavy traffic or weather, particularly when bad weather reduces visibility and makes the roads slick. The driver may have to slow down well below the posted speed limit in order to follow this law.

If a driver does not meet this basic speed requirement, he may cause a serious or even fatal accident. Victims of such an accident may be able to pursue compensation through a personal injury action.