They Might Be Giants guitarist John Flansburgh was hospitalized with serious injuries in a car accident in the Upper East Side caused by a suspected drunk driver. According to a report in the New York Daily News, Flansburgh, 62, had taken a car service to get back to his Upper East Side home after the band performance early morning on June 10. The incident occurred when the vehicle in which he was a passenger was T-boned by another car near the corner of Park Avenue and East 102nd Street.
Red Light Violation and Impaired Driving
Police said the driver of the other vehicle, William Mota, 26, blew past a red light before slamming into Flansburgh’s vehicle. Mota’s car vaulted a curb and crashed into a gate after hitting the victim’s car, the news report stated. Emergency personnel took Flansburgh and his 32-year-old driver to a local hospital where doctors said the guitarist had broken seven ribs.
Flansburgh himself posted on social media saying the force of the collision flipped his car onto its side. He and his driver were extricated from the wreckage by firefighters. Officials charged Mota with drunk driving, resisting arrest and refusing to take a Breathalyzer test. It is indeed a relief that neither Flansburgh nor his driver suffered life-threatening injuries. We offer our thoughts and prayers for their speedy recovery.
Impaired Driving and Negligence (Carelessness)
New York laws make it illegal to drive a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. It is against the law to drive with a blood alcohol content of 0.08% or higher. For commercial drivers such as bus drivers or truck drivers, that legal limit is 0.04%.
There is no question that impaired driving is also negligent (careless) driving. In order to be successful with a DUI car accident claim, the plaintiff (victim) must prove that the defendant was negligent or careless. If you have been injured by an impaired driver, your New York car accident lawyer can help you prove your case by securing crucial evidence such as police reports to show that the other driver was operating under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.
The sedating effects of alcohol can impair a driver’s decision-making skills and coordination. An impaired driver lacks the ability to quickly avoid an accident or perform routine driving maneuvers that help prevent a crash. Drunk drivers endanger themselves and everyone on the road, increasing the risk of car accidents and deaths. DUI collisions have the potential to result in major injuries including traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord trauma, broken bones, internal organ damage, etc.
Injured victims of negligent (careless) drivers can seek compensation from at-fault parties for damages including, but not limited to, medical expenses, lost wages and benefits, hospitalization, rehabilitation, permanent injuries, disabilities, past and future pain and suffering, etc. Families that have lost loved ones in car accidents can seek compensation for damages such as lost future income, medical and funeral costs, pain and suffering, etc.
Contacting an Experienced Lawyer
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident or pedestrian accident, or if you have lost a loved one in an auto accident caused by a negligent (careless) driver, the experienced New York personal injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Kenneth A. Wilhelm can help you better understand your legal rights and options, and also fight hard to recover just compensation for you.
For over 50 years, our skilled accident attorneys have established a proven track record of helping injured victims get fair compensation for their losses. Our law firm recently recovered $5,600,000 for a bicyclist who was hit by a van, and $2,550,000 for another victim of a truck accident, and $3,000,000 for a pedestrian who was hit by a car, and the full $1,000,000 insurance policy for a pedestrian who was hit by a truck, and $4,625,000 for a driver who was in a car and was hit by a van, and $2,500,000 for a man who fell through an improperly secured hole. Also, one of our clients obtained a verdict for $43,940,000 and another of our clients got a verdict for $23,500,000, both in medical malpractice cases.
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