Bicyclists must use extreme care in navigating the busy streets of New York City. NYDOT records indicate that there were 12 fatalities of bicycle riders in traffic accidents in the city in 2013, along with 26 reported injuries. Recently, a Red Bus hit a 29-year-old female cyclist on Main Street on Roosevelt Island, in a nearly fatal accident that has left the woman in a coma and reportedly brain dead.
A New York teenager has been sentenced for his contribution to a deadly motor vehicle accident that claimed the lives of four individuals. The man was convicted of drugged driving that led to the fatal car accident on Long Island. He admitted that he had consumed marijuana and was high at the time of the tragedy.
Many New York residents may share the concern of the authorities about the number of deaths on our roads that result from accidents caused by intoxicated teenage drivers. What often starts as an evening of fun could have an adverse effect on the remainder of a young person’s life if they choose to drive after consuming alcohol and/or drugs. Moreover, the lives of a family who loses a loved one in a fatal accident will also be changed forever.
A one-vehicle accident in New York can be the basis for a personal injury claim if there were passengers involved. Such accidents tend to include collisions with poles, trees or even buildings. One or more occupants may be ejected, either in a rollover or as the vehicle makes impact with a tree or other unyielding object. The event can easily become a fatal accident due to such perilous factors. Consequently, whenever there are one or more passengers in a vehicle that is driven so negligently that it leaves the roadway and crashes, the prospect for injury or death to the passengers looms large.
According to trauma experts at Stony Brook Hospital in New York, car accidents are the number one cause of deaths of children and teens. The AAA organization reports that summer is the most dangerous time for teens who operate motor vehicles. To decrease the chances for teen injuries or deaths from a serious or fatal accident, a trauma program manager at the hospital recommends a strong program of adult involvement.
In New York, liability for injuries in an auto accident is governed by the principles of comparative negligence. Originally, most states had a system called contributory negligence. In contributory negligence, if an injured party was in any way at fault in the accident then that party would be precluded from collecting damages. This applied to a fatal accident as well as to a minor one.
When a passenger is killed in an auto accident, that person's estate is entitled to collect damages from any of the drivers who negligently contributed to causing the accident. This would normally be done through the passenger’s estate. If the passenger was in the car that caused the fatal accident, his or her estate may still recover from the driver. New York, like most states, has a form of comparative negligence that governs recoveries in negligence cases.
Another teen auto accident disaster occurred in Long Island on May 10. A car filled with teenagers crossed the center line of a roadway and went into an oncoming SUV. In the aftermath of the fatal accident, four of the five teens in the transgressing auto were killed. The two occupants of the SUV were injured and in serious condition. The teens were students at Farmingdale High School in New York.
When a passenger is killed in an auto accident, it is reasonably certain that the decedent's family will be able to pursue a wrongful death action for damages against one or more other parties. On May 4, a 9-year-old girl who was a passenger in a car was killed in a fatal accident in Brooklyn. The press reports do not indicate the details of this New York accident, other than to state that the car that the girl occupied was hit at an intersection by a Honda minivan.
It's unlikely that the driver of a BMW involved in a hit-and-run fatality in Brooklyn is the owner of the abandoned and destroyed vehicle. The red, flashy BMW seemed to come out of nowhere when it hit and killed a 46-year-old man on a bicycle at Broadway and Halsey Street. After the fatal accident, the driver took off going the wrong way up Boyland Street and crashed into a Toyota 4-Runner. Under New York law, he appears to be both civilly and criminally responsible for the death and injuries.