The Law Offices of Louis Grandelli recently obtained a damages verdict of $16,000,000 dollars for a 35 year old Brooklyn resident who was injured in a motor vehicle accident and subsequently injured when he was assaulted by a security guard at the hospital where he was receiving treatment for his injuries.
On Monday, July 13th, New York City reached a settlement in the amount of $5.9 million with the family of Eric Garner, due to his wrongful death on July 17, 2014 after being put into a chokehold by a police officer. The death of Garner gained national attention in December of 2014 when the officer responsible for putting Garner in the chokehold was not indicted by a grand jury.
Earlier today, a cyclist was killed in Brooklyn near the Barclays Center during rush hour. The accident involved at least other two motor vehicles in addition to the bicycle and there may be other injuries. As reported by the New York Times, at least two people were taken to the Methodist Hospital. It remains unclear exactly how the accident occurred. However, the driver of an SUV was taken into custody, but was not charged. There are also reports that the SUV driver may have experienced a seizure and lost control of his vehicle. The cyclist was not carrying identification and, according to the New York Times, the police have not been able to identify the individual, as of yet.
New York City's Right of Way law, which makes it a misdemeanor for a driver to fail to yield to a pedestrian or cyclist with the right of way and injures them as a result, may soon have a significant exception. The State Senate recently voted 54-6 to pass a bill exempting taxi, livery, and bus drivers from the law, sending the bill over to the Assembly for another vote.