Two pedestrians were injured recently when they were struck by a smart car in Battery Park City. This incident occurred Friday, May 10, at roughly 10 p.m. Police believe a drunk driver is responsible for this event. According to the laws of New York, as negligence is considered a factor in this case, the victims may be entitled to seek compensation for their losses through legal means.
According to a recent news report, a 42-year-old woman was just about to cross the West Side Highway when she and the crossing guard were both struck by a rented compact car. The woman suffered critical injuries, including the severing of a foot, and was transported to Bellevue Hospital for care. The crossing guard also suffered injuries, but law enforcement authorities say that the injuries were not severe. The current conditions of both victims are unknown.
After hitting the pedestrians, the driver -- a 27-year-old male -- is said to have lost control of the vehicle and hit a light pole. Shortly after the event, this individual was arrested and charged with drunk driving, vehicular assault and a number of other offenses. A bail hearing has already taken place. It is unclear when his case will actually go to trial.
When a drunk driver causes another person to suffer injuries -- or worse -- he or she may face criminal, administrative and civil consequences. In this case, as in others, the state will take care of the criminal and administrative penalties; civil consequences, on the other hand, will only come if the victims choose to seek compensation for their losses by pursuing personal injury claims in a New York civil court. Legal counsel can assist the victims of this incident file claims against all parties who may be deemed responsible for their losses and seek maximum relief through either settlement negotiations or litigation.