A pair of New Jersey women were seriously wounded by an unknown gunman in Linden.
According to police, the two women, whose name were not released, were in the 900 block of Middlesex Street when they were shot. Authorities are uncertain whether the victims were driving at the time or sitting in their car. What is certain is that, after the shooting, the wounded driver was unable to control the car, and eventually slammed into a pole.
Police are still searching for a suspect.
Although drivers who cause car wrecks consume alcohol, disobey the rules of the road, and knowingly engage in other risky behaviors, no one plans to cause a car crash. Intentional torts are much different. They involve a purposeful course of action to injure another person, at least on some level.
Some typical intentional torts include:
- Battery: This intentional tort involves a person striking another person with an object. The object could be a hand, a knife, a frying pan, bullets from a gun, and so on.
- Assault: In the language of tort law, assault is essentially attempted battery. In addition to swinging at a person and missing, assault by threat is also a tort in some circumstances.
- False Imprisonment: Putting someone in a locked room, blocking a person’s movement, and physically restricting movement are all examples of this intentional tort. Peace officers and other individuals have limited immunity in this area.
- Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress: The elements of this tort are extreme and outrageous behavior that is calculated to frighten or intimidate the victim.
- Trespass: A trespass to land is entering property without permission; a trespass to chattel is using property without permission.
The standard of proof is much lower in civil court than in criminal court. So, even if a person is found not guilty of assault in criminal court, the victim may still be able to obtain compensation in civil court. That compensation typically includes money for both economic and non-economic damages. Punitive damages are also available in many intentional tort cases.
For prompt assistance in this area, contact an aggressive personal injury attorney in Manhattan for a free consultation. We do not charge upfront legal fees in a tort case.