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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Brooklyn Boy Killed by Alleged Driver with Suspended License

Q: Can a parent sue for wrongful death of a child?

Trucking accident attorneys in New York see firsthand the damage large trucks can inflict upon the occupants of smaller vehicles with which they collide. And when a truck it's a bicycle, the outcome is usually catastrophic. 
A young Brooklyn teen was tragically killed while riding his bike recently when a man operating a Mack oil truck with a suspended license struck him. The accident reportedly fractured the boy’s skull, ribs and femur and he died at the hospital.
According to witnesses, the driver did not immediately stop. In addition, the boy’s family and many community members were shocked and angered to learn that the truck driver was not only allegedly driving with a suspended license, but that it was reportedly his ninth driver’s license suspension. 
Under existing state law, the driver can only face felony charges if their license was "suspended 10 times on 10 different days". So, the driver “was charged with aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle in the second and third degree, along with being an unlicensed operator, all misdemeanors."
The grief-stricken family has demanded justice and pledged to advocate for tougher laws. Adding fuel to the fire is an alleged social media posting by the driver "mocking his checkered driving history". 
Regardless of whether criminal charges are brought against a responsible party in an accident, civil suits for monetary damages can be commenced. 
A personal injury lawsuit is appropriate when someone negligently, recklessly, or intentionally acts in a way that causes physical or mental harm to a victim. In the event the victim dies from their injuries, the victim’s closest surviving relatives may be entitled to compensatory damages through a wrongful death lawsuit. Generally, that means a spouse, parent, or child of the victim.
Wrongful death lawsuits are complicated, so the sooner you see a personal injury attorney the better, so they may explain which relatives have standing to sue for wrongful death and what type of damages they may be entitled to recover—both of which are based on their relationship to the victim and differ on a case by case basis.
Depending on the relationship, compensatory damages in a wrongful death action may include such things as the victim’s final medical and funeral expenses, the victim’s pain and suffering before death, and damages related to lost income and other financial burdens the victim’s death has placed on their surviving family members. 
If you or a loved one have been injured, or a loved one has been killed, in any kind of accident that was someone else's fault, the Goldstein Law Firm help maximize the compensation to which you may be entitled. Contact us today for a free consultation.
From our offices in the Bronx, New York, we represent accident victims and their families throughout New York City, New York State, and those injured while visiting in New York.

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