The dangers of driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol are made obvious by the number of fatal accidents that occur every year. These are often due to dangerous road conditions or a negligent driver failing to uphold the standard duty of car they should have while behind the wheel. Even the slightest form of negligence or distraction could lead to tragedy on the roadways.
The nephew of model Tyson Beckford was recently involved in a fatal accident after he stole a truck and crashed into a New York City bus. The 23-year-old man was seen out on the town prior to the accident. After dinner at Butter Midtown restaurant, he was seen partying at the nightclub 1 OAK.
He was escorted out of the club at around 3:30 a.m. after supposedly acting inappropriately with other customers. The man allegedly then wandered into a nearby hotel and apartment building before eventually making his way onto the street.
After not being able to find a limo, he got in the driver's seat of a Rabbits granola delivery truck that was parked with the keys still inside. He proceeded to crash into several parked cars before running a red light and hitting a bus. The bus jumped the sidewalk and crashed into nearby scaffolding.
The 50-year-old bus driver was ejected from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. A scooter driver, food cart vendor, a customer at the vendor and a passenger on the bus all suffered minor injuries.
The man was arrested and taken to the hospital after the incident. Investigators drew the man's blood after he refused to take a Breathalyzer. He admitted to being at a party and authorities said he appeared to be under the influence of either drugs or alcohol.
When someone is injured in an accident involving a drunk driver, he may be able to recover damages to cover the medical expenses and other costs. If someone is killed, the family may be able to file a wrongful death suit to recover damages. These damages will help those affected move forward after their tragedy.
The loss of a loved one is a difficult time for anyone. It is especially difficult for loved ones to cope with when their life was so suddenly taken away from them. During this time, it is important that they understand their available options and courses of action. This could significantly help them with recovering compensation to help alleviate them from financial burdens.
Source: New York Post, "Model Tyson Beckford's nephew stole truck in fatal crash," Natasha Velez, Kevin Fasick and Bob Fredericks, Feb. 12, 2014