Speeding is very dangerous and can have deadly consequences. This applies to cities like New York and small towns across America. Recently, a Manhattan wrongful death accident has again brought speeding issues to the forefront. The fatal traffic accident occurred when an SUV approaching from behind rear-ended a taxi that in turn struck the cab driver, who was standing in front of his double-parked taxi. The impact of the crash threw the taxi driver in the air. He fell behind a parked van and was declared dead at the scene.
The accident also resulted in damage to three other parked cars. One of the cars had a driver inside, who suffered minor injuries. The accident occurred late at night on East 26th Street between Lexington and 3rd Avenues in Manhattan.
According to eye witnesses, the SUV driver was speeding. Another taxi driver at the scene stated that the accused driver was about to strike his cab, too. Police have, however, ruled out the involvement of alcohol as a possible cause of the accident. It would be unfair to draw any conclusion yet, as the investigation is still ongoing.
In New York, if a driver is convicted of speeding, the conviction can bring with it a prison term of up to 15 days and a fine of up to $100. After the first offense, the prison sentence is between 45 and 90 days for the second offense as well as subsequent offenses, respectively, within an 18-month period. Despite these strict laws, speeding remains a leading cause of traffic accidents.
Whereas criminal litigation aims at punishing the wrongdoer, civil law litigation helps the accident victims and their family members to claim compensation from negligent drivers. New York car accident victims should be aware of their legal rights under civil law. Victims may file personal injury claims against negligent drivers. The compensation awarded in these cases may include medical expenses, rehabilitation and lost wages. In the case of a fatality, family members of the deceased may file a wrongful death claim. Additional compensation may also be awarded in cases involving extreme hardship.
Source: New York Daily News, "Cabbie killed in Manhattan car accident," Vera Chinese, Erik Badia and Barry Paddock, Jan. 21, 2013