Bronx Personal Injury & Real Estate Blog

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Pedestrian Massacre by Car in Times Square

Q: Is intent to injure or kill required in a personal injury or wrongful death action?

One Bronx man is allegedly responsible for killing one person and injuring almost 2 dozen others in a single incident in Times Square in New York City. The victims were not taken down by a gun, but rather by a car. Each day hundreds of Americans are injured or killed in automobile accidents.

In perhaps the most horrific accident between a car and pedestrians in recent history --as depicted in graphic video footage and live-streamed witness statements shared on social media—the accused man reportedly abruptly made a U-turn and drove erratically down the sidewalks of Times Square for a few blocks at high-speed literally mowing down unsuspecting pedestrians, leaving a trail of bodies in his wake. Reportedly attempting to escape on foot after his vehicle flipped on its side, the glassy-eyed man was subdued by some bystanders until the police arrived.

The suspect who reportedly "told police that he had been smoking marijuana laced with the mood-altering drug PCP" was also a US Navy veteran with two prior driving while intoxicated arrests.  An 18-year-old female tourist from Michigan was the one fatality and her 13-year-old sister was also among the injured.

To prevail in a personal injury lawsuit, victims do not have to show the defendant intended to harm them. But they do have to prove that they were injured or harmed as the result of the negligent, reckless, or malicious actions of the defendant. Once liability is established, victims may be able to collect compensatory damages for such losses as medical bills resulting from the accident, anticipated future medical treatment and rehabilitation, pain and suffering, property damage, and more, depending on the facts of each case.

In addition, once liability has been established, certain close surviving family members of victims who died as a result of the injuries sustained in the accident may be entitled to compensation through a wrongful death lawsuit. Wrongful death suits are very complex but generally, are commenced by the victim’s estate, or a surviving spouse, parent, or child, or those who relied on the victim for financial support.

If you or a loved one has been injured or a loved one has been killed as a result of the negligent, reckless, or intentional actions of someone else, the Goldstein Law Firm in Bronx, New York can help you obtain the maximum compensation to which you are entitled. We can’t prevent the accident, but we can help relieve the financial burdens it has caused so you can focus on healing.

Call us today at 718-239-0239 for a free consultation. We represent clients throughout New York as well as those injured while visiting New York.

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