New York City streets are incredibly busy and many times cars, delivery trucks, and passenger transport vehicles can't, or simply neglect to find, suitable parking. As a quick solution, they'll illegally or double-park, which creates significant dangers and can lead to injuries of passengers, pedestrians, cyclists, or other drivers. Unfortunately, this act of negligence is a common one in New York City.
When accidents occur due to illegal or double parking, many people wonder who is at fault. The answer is not so simple because there is often more than one contributing cause. In an automobile collision, aside from any driver negligence, the manner in which the parked vehicle was actually parked can also be a contributor. If you are in a car accident caused by wrongful parking, did you know you can bring a claim against the double/illegally parked car?
- Drivers are not automatically at fault if conditions for the accident were due to a double/illegally parked car.
- Many lawsuits find the driver of the stationary or unoccupied car to be at fault.
- If you’re a passenger of the moving vehicle that strikes an illegally parked car, you may have legal recourse against both drivers.
At Raphaelson & Levine, we represent any injured people who are victims of accidents caused by illegally and double-parked motor vehicles, along with other types of car accident scenarios. If you’ve been injured due to a reckless or negligent parking situation in New York, our personal injury lawyers can examine your situation to see if you have a case and answer any questions you have about the accident. Below is a selection of car accident settlements obtained by the attorneys at the Raphaelson & Levine law firm to help you to estimate what you can expect in terms of compensation.
$325,000 Taxi Passenger Injury Settlement
A taxi passenger was seriously injured after their cab driver struck an unoccupied truck that was illegally parked on the side of a road. The insurance company for the taxi accepted the driver as being at fault for the crash and offered the passenger the minimum insurance coverage of $25,000. The victim turned to the personal injury attorneys at Raphaelson & Levine for help.
We looked at the case and our firm refused to accept the $25,000 minimum coverage amount as compensation. Our attorneys aggressively pursued both the taxi company and the illegally parked truck for negligence. The insurance company for the truck took a “no-pay” position and argued it did not bear any fault for the accident since the truck had been unoccupied and stationary at the time of the accident. They pushed sole blame on the taxi. We found this to be unacceptable since the truck created a dangerous situation and contributed to the cause of the accident.
We filed a lawsuit against both companies and litigated the case in Bronx Supreme Court, fighting aggressively on behalf of our injured client. After months of litigation, both insurance companies ultimately settled, offering their full insurance coverage limits to our client, which came to a total amount of $325,000.