What happens if I go on vacation and leave my car and the keys with my neighbor and they promise to not drive the car? They then drive the car and get hit by a drunk driver. Can I be held liable for this car accident?
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New York Personal Injury Lawyer Garners $975,000 Settlement for Passenger in a Car Accident in the Bronx
Our client was a passenger in a car travelling east on Randall Avenue in the Bronx. When the driver made a left turn on Zerega, the car crashed into a dumpster left in the street. Our client suffered a fracture of his both fibulas, his left ankle and his left humerus, each of which required surgery. The driver of the car admitted liability for his role in the accident, though the dumpster owner denied all responsibility. At trial, Attorney Carol L. Schlitt proved the liability of both the driver and the dumpster owner and then forced a settlement for $975,000.
I am a personal injury lawyer who handles many car accident and motor vehicle cases. These cases all involve negligent or reckless driving and therefore the injuries suffered by my clients could all have been avoided. Just recently, I settled several hit-in-the-rear car accident cases where drivers failed to pay attention and wound up crashing into my clients’ cars. When a client suffers injuries and other damages due to the negligence of another driver, I work hard to get my clients the most compensation in the shortest time possible. It is always good to deliver a large settlement or court victory to a client, but better yet would be to avoid the car accident altogether.
The New York Court of Appeals, the highest court in the state, has ruled that a driver from Syracuse who struck and killed a pedestrian while being distracted by sun glare cannot invoke New York’s “emergency doctrine.” The decision clarifies… Read More ›
Every day, New York City mixes together millions of cars and pedestrians and, for good measure, throws in a couple of hundred thousand of bicyclists. Unfortunately, these ingredients create a recipe for accidents. We all know of dangerous roadways (the… Read More ›
In June 2007, a woman took a bus from her native Boston to New York City so she could attend a business seminar. She hailed a cab in front of the Port Authority, loaded her luggage and climbed into the cab. Before she could sit down, the cab driver lurched the car away from the curb, then came to a shuddering halt, throwing the woman into the Plexiglas divider. The wild and erratic driving left the woman with two broken teeth and neck and back pain. The woman asked me to represent her and last week we settled the case with the taxi driver for $30,000.
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Long Island Filmmaker Produces Deeply Personal Documentary on the Tragedy of Drunk Driving: One Fatal Mistake
In 2009, 10,839 people were killed in alcohol-impaired driving crashes, accounting for nearly one-third (32%) of all traffic-related deaths in the United States. Driving fatalities are a national tragedy, yet a drunk driving fatality is also a personal tragedy for many. Long Island filmmaker G-Na Casazza has produced and directed a film that reminds us of the deep personal impact of each drunken driving fatality. The film, One Fatal Mistake, is a documentary that shows the impact of the loss of a beloved Grandmother killed by a drunk driver, through the eyes of six of her ten grandchildren ranging between 12-18 years of age. This documentary reveals how this tragedy emotionally scarred and forever changed these six children.
In November 2010, a Nassau County woman rode with her grandmother for a doctor’s appointment at a Brooklyn hospital. They drove along the Belt Parkway and as they reached the exit for Coney Island Avenue, the grandmother slowed her car because of traffic at the exit ramp. While backed up in traffic, a New York City Department of Sanitation truck hit them from behind. The collision left the young woman with soft-tissue injuries to her neck and back. The young woman asked me to represent her and we recently settled the case with the City of New York for $20,000.