A victim of a car crash is filing a negligence lawsuit against The New York Times because the motorist was in the midst of writing a story about the trip for the travel section. The accident occurred in Scotland, where the driver, who is also a Pulitzer finalist, almost killed her best friend when she swerved down the wrong side of the road. As a result, there was a head-on collision in which the friend, Leah Epstein, was severely injured.
The driver of the car was Sarah Maslin Nir, who wrote a controversial article that exposed terrible conditions and unfair compensation at nail salons. The accident occurred in September 2015, and caused Ms. Epstein to suffer a fractured spine, damaged lungs and perforated bowels. She is seeking damages in the amount of $4.75 million from The Times. The complaint, which was filed in Manhattan Supreme Court, states that Ms. Epstein, who is a horseback-riding instructor, was in the back seat and had her seat belt on when the car made a turn into the right lane, and into oncoming traffic prior to becoming involved in a head-on collision with another vehicle.
According to another source, Ms. Nir had swerved to avoid crashing into another car in the middle of the street, made a right turn and crashed. She does not face any charges. Ms. Epstein had to undergo several abdominal surgeries, many blood transfusions, and could not work. She has recovered from the accident, and remains close friends with Ms. Nir, who suffered a broken hand, wrist and foot.
The lawsuit alleges that Ms. Nir was acting in the capacity of an employee of The Times, which should be held liable because the newspaper paid the cost of flights, hotels, and a rental car. Attorneys for the Times have denied any accusations of negligence and liability.
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