When a person is convicted of drunk driving involving an accident, he or she will have to compensate all victims who sustained property damage from the collision. A former professional basketball star learned that lesson recently when a New York City trial court judge pointed out to the defendant's lawyer that the man still owes for the 20-foot tall honey locust tree that he pulverized. The tab that the drunk driver will have to pay for the tree is $16,643, according to the court's finding.
An important new technology is slated to be tested in New York City and two other venues as part of a $42 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation. The technology intends to improve pedestrian safety and reduce pedestrian accident numbers. It is also designed to reduce congestion and emissions.
A passenger on a motorcycle will generally be viewed similarly to a passenger in an automobile for purposes of liability for damages. The passenger would not be responsible for the driver's negligence, but if a passenger is injured or killed, the injured person or the estate of a deceased motorcycle passenger may bring a claim for damages. In a fatal accident, the estate of the decedent may bring a wrongful death action as defined by the law of the state where the action is filed. The procedure in New York is generally similar to the procedure for wrongful death actions in all of the other states.
Some of the most heart-rending stories about vehicle accidents concern those situations where an entire family are seriously injured or killed while riding together in the family vehicle. It is difficult to perceive so many closely-knit and loving relationships quelled by a fatal accident caused by an accidental mistake. If anything positive can come out of such events, it would be for others to commit themselves to assisting in the goal of preventing fatal car accidents in the future, both in New York and elsewhere.
When a driver allows his or her vehicle to leave the road and crash into a pole or tree, there is usually negligent driving involved. If there are no other vehicles involved, it is likely that the driver was guilty of impaired driving, distraction, falling asleep or some other careless mistake. If there was a passenger who was killed in the crash, the driver will most likely be liable for civil damages to the decedent's estate under New York law, generally for the economic value of that loss of life.