Getting a Recovery for Your Injuries When an Auto Invades Your Home

Today’s  New York Daily News reports that an innocent homeowner in Hempstead, Long Island, was run over and killed by an out of control van which bolted onto her lawn.  The homeowner was tending to her lawn. 

The van which was occupied by a man and a 19-year-old woman crashed into a home at Cathedral Avenue Hempstead Tuesday after fatally striking a woman mowing her lawn.

   The scene of the Hempstead, New York, accident

We have handled cases like this, such as:

  1. Car smashes through a storefront.  Workers within this jewelry  store were injured, and we handled their personal injury case against the errant vehicle.  We also pursued the store’s owner’s property damage case for damage to his storefront and jewelry display cases.
  2. Car strikes side of  a house.  In this case, the car did not go through the wall.  The client was inside a room where the vehicle struck the outer wall.  The impact of the collision caused the client to fall and sustain injuries.   
  3. Truck collides with backyard fence and injures homeowner and guest.  The homeowner and his guest were innocently enjoying a summer day in the backyard.  They were struck by the truck.

Generally, the insurance company will concede liability, but damages will be contested.  In the second case, the insurance company admitted that its vehicle owner was negligent in allowing his car to run into the side of a building, but the insurer contested the issue of proximate causation between the collision and the client’s fall inside the home.

If you have been involved in an accident involving an out of control vehicle, please feel free to contact me for a free consultation at 800-581-1434 or write to

Mark E. Seitelman, 4/21/10,


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