An Uber driver who was seriously injured earlier this year in a car accident in New York City has filed a lawsuit in NYC court seeking $10 million for his injuries and financial losses. The accident happened when the man’s car passed underneath the 7th Avenue overpass and multiple pieces of the structure came tumbling down. One of the chunks weighed more than 25 pounds.
The debris smashed through the car’s windshield and crushed the hood. The impact crushed the windshield into the car’s passenger compartment and the driver was injured by the broken glass. Thankfully, none of the three passengers the Uber driver was ferrying were injured though one of the pieces of concrete landed at the feet of one of the women.
It took the victim over a month to recover from his injuries-during which time he could not work nor earn a living wage. Now he’s seeking compensation from City of New York-which is responsible for the maintenance and repair of the overpass.
While this accident occurred in a car, the case will be decided under New York’s premises liability law because the cause of the accident was the deterioration of a structure. Since the driver was injured while using his automobile, under New York’s no-fault law, he will be able to obtain benefits from the car’s insurance company. However, his lawsuit for pain and suffering, lost time from work and any out-of-pocket expenses, because the man’s injuries were caused by the falling concrete, the lawsuit will be against the City of New York.
Determining the correct strategy requires experience in these matters and knowledge of the law.
If you’ve been injured by the failure of any of New York City’s infrastructure-overpasses, bridges, roadways, etc.-you too may be entitled to recover compensation from the city. Contact an experienced New York City liability lawyer to discuss your case confidentially today. Call the Law Offices of Nussin S. Fogel at 800-734-9338 or 212-385-1122 for your free consultation.