On Thursday, May 18, 2017, a car barreled into bustling New York’s Time Square killing one person and injuring at least 20 more people. The speeding car jumped the sidewalk on the west side of 7th Avenue at 42nd Street and crashed into pedestrians for three blocks. The car finally came to a stop when it crashed at the northwest corner of 45th Street. The tragic scene started with screeching tires and ended with screams, panic and a fiery crash at one of the world’s most visited sites.
The driver of the 2009 Honda Accord is Richard Rojas, 26, of the Bronx. He tested positive for PCP and told the police that God made him do it. Rojas has two prior drunken driving arrests in New York.
The attorneys and staff at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. send our hopes and prayers to the families of the victims.
Pedestrian Accidents Involving Intoxicated Drivers
Intoxicated driving is extremely dangerous and it happens all too often, resulting in tragic and fatal accidents. Intoxication involves not only driving while under the influence of alcohol, but also while under the influence of drugs or any other controlled substance. The use of illicit drugs or misuse of prescription drugs can make driving a car unsafe – just like driving after drinking alcohol. Drugged driving puts the driver, passengers and others who share the road at risk.
When a victim is injured in an accident involving an intoxicated driver, he or she can sue the driver if the driver was negligent. In most cases, intoxicated driving is an inherently negligent activity. As such, a pedestrian who is hit by a drunk or drugged driver can file a personal injury claim against the driver for compensation for all losses resulting from the accident.
If the pedestrian dies as a result of the accident, his or her loved ones may have a wrongful death claim against the drunk driver.
We Can Help You If Your Are Injured
At Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C., we understand the ramifications that car accidents, especially those involving drunk drivers, have on the lives of victims and the lives of their loved ones. When you are injured in a car accident, you need to hire an experienced New York car accident attorney to protect your legal rights.
The attorneys at Gersowitz Libo & Korek P.C. have more than 30 years of experience and knowledge to aggressively fight for your rights and get you the full extent of monetary compensation that you deserve.
To schedule a complimentary consultation with one of our New York car accident attorneys, please call 1-800-529-9997..