If someone has an heart attack while in his vehicle and hits into my boat would he be liabile for the damages to my boat or does the NY comparative Negelience law put him not at fault.

If someone has an heart attack while in his vehicle and hits
into my boat would he be liabile for the damages to my boat or
does the NY comparative Negelience law put him not at fault.

Asked on June 8, 2016 under Accident Law, New York

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

They would only potentially be liable if they had been negligent in some way, such as by operating a vehicle if they had started having heart attack symptoms before beginning to operate it, or if the heart attack came on because they were not taking medicines prescribed to forstall one. But if they were not negligent--the heart attack just happened--then they are not liable, and you will have to look  to you own insurnace (if any) for compensation.


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