There goes the myth that cabbies are the aggressive ones in the city.
A driver in a BMW struck a cab in the East Village early Wednesday morning, reports the New York Post. The cab driver and his passenger were seriously injured.
Gilberto Morales, who is only 20, was speeding on Third Avenue, (which admittedly tempts drivers), with his friend Brandon Evans, age 21. Morales struck the cab around 13th Street. After stopping to inspect the damage, Morales apparently drove off, though he later returned to the scene and told cops he was the driver. He was charged with leaving the scene of an accident and reckless endangerment.
In addition to the criminal charges Gilberto Morales is facing, he could also get slapped with a personal injury lawsuit from the cab driver and the passenger, since both were injured in the wreck.
In most claims that arise from accidents or injuries — from car accidents to “slip and fall” cases — the basis for holding a person or company legally responsible for any resulting harm comes from a theory called “negligence.”
Generally speaking, when someone acts in a careless way and causes an injury to another person, under the legal principle of “negligence” the careless person will be legally liable for any resulting harm. This basis for assessing and determining fault is utilized in most disputes involving an accident or injury, during informal settlement talks and up through a trial in a personal injury lawsuit.
For more information about personal injury lawsuits in New York, please see the information below.