Imagine going to sleep with your child in your arms, safe in your home. It is something that many parents in Staten Island, the rest of New York City and the country do every night. Not many people are concerned about car accidents or drunk drivers while they are inside their homes, but the occasional car accident can involve someone plowing through a victim's home. Unfortunately, these kinds of accidents can cause serious, painful injuries.
One Staten Island woman is taking steps to sue New York City after she and her 5-year-old daughter were victims of this type of crash. She says that she and her daughter were sleeping on a couch in the kitchen when a driver whose blood alcohol content was allegedly right under the legal limit smashed into their home, seriously injuring the mother-daughter pair.
With all of this in mind, why is the mother not filing a personal injury lawsuit against the driver following this apparent alcohol-induced accident? Well, 10 years ago, the same kind of accident happened at the home, and the mother is accusing the city of not doing enough to fix the dangerous driving conditions at the intersection. The woman said that by only putting up a sign that indicates drivers must make a left or right does little to stop drivers from plowing into her home. Had there been a railing, the car might not have hit her home.
The mother and daughter are asking for $20 million to cover their serious injuries. The daughter's eye socket and skull were both broken, and she also had several cuts. The mother was also injured, and both she and her daughter were burned so severely that they needed skin grafts.
It remains to be seen how the city will argue it did not err by not installing a railing.
Source: Staten Island Advance, "Staten Island woman injured as car struck home sues city for $20M," Frank Donnelly, Dec. 26, 2013
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