Most accidents involving motorcycle or scooters result in serious injury or death for the operation of such vehicles. Occasionally, the outcome is reversed. A well-known actress was struck by a motorized scooter on the Upper West Side and is presently struggling to recover from a serious brain injury.
The actress, Lisa Banes, ordinarily resides in Los Angeles, but she was visiting Manhattan for the first time since the pandemic. She was on her way to meet her wife and friends for a drink near Lincoln Center. As she was crossing the intersection of Amsterdam Avenue and West 64th Street using the marked crosswalk, a red and black scooter blew through a stop light and struck Ms. Banes, throwing her to the pavement. The scooter and promptly left the scene of the accident. According to police, Banes had the right of way. Police are now searching for the driver of the scooter.
She was taken to Mount Sinai Morningside Heights with a traumatic brain injury. According to Ms. Banes’ wife, she is in critical condition in the intensive care unit at the hospital. Her prognosis is unknown.
The victim’s professional career
Ms. Banes has appeared in a number of high profile supporting roles. She has had roles in “Cocktail,” “Nashville,” and other movies. She portrayed Rosamund Pike’s mother in the popular hit “Gone Girl.” Given the preliminary diagnosis, this accident could have a serious and adverse impact on her ability to continue her acting career.
Anyone who has suffered a potentially disabling injury in a similar accident may wish to consider pursuing a claim for damages. An experienced injury lawyer can provide helpful advice by analyzing the evidence and making an estimate of the likelihood of recovering damages for medical expenses, lost present and future income, and pain and suffering.