New York roadways are some of the most complicated in the nation. They
are busy, packed with cars, trucks, taxis, emergency vehicles, messenger
couriers, pedestrians and others. Operating a vehicle recklessly or negligently
can result in personal injury and sometimes even death. Even a vigilant
driver can still be taken by surprise.
Two drivers in Brooklyn recently experienced just that on a Saturday afternoon.
The accident left a young boy dead, while a women and two other children
were left injured. One man driving an SUV was apparently turning left
when he was hit by another car.
Tragically, the car pinned a nine-year-old boy. He was pronounced dead
at the scene. Also injured were a five-year-old boy, a ten-year-old girl
and a 47-year-old woman. Thankfully none of their injuries were life-threatening.
Both drivers remained on the scene to speak with authorities.
There is a question of whether either driver was distracted, perhaps by
a cell phone call or text message. Perhaps one of the drivers was in a
hurry and didn't pay attention to traffic signals. At last report,
law enforcement was still investigating this car accident, though there
were no signs of criminal conduct.
Fortunately, New York law allows for civil litigation when there is evidence
of negligence or reckless driving. Any personal injury compensation awarded
for a successfully litigated case could ease the victim's pain and
suffering while covering the costs of medical bills, any necessary rehabilitation
and lost wages. Similarly, if a family member was killed in a traffic
accident, the surviving family members may be entitled to compensation
for the suffering incurred.