Accidents involving pedestrians are reportedly on the rise in New York City. In a city where a large amount of the population walks to their destinations every day, one would think drivers would be highly cautious and aware of the pedestrians around them. However, these accidents are very much a reality, and sadly, those involved in an auto-pedestrian car accident are often left severely or fatally wounded.
Statistics for 2013 show that car accidents claimed the lives of 173 pedestrians in New York. Less than one month into the new year, and nine fatal auto-pedestrian accidents have already been reported. The disturbing increase in accidents has city officials looking for ways to resolve the issue. Suggestions have included a reduction of speed limits, increase in citations and redesigning intersections that are known to be dangerous.
One of the most recent accidents happened in Queens. Evidently, a 68-year-old female was struck down by an SUV while she was crossing a local street. The driver apparently made an illegal left hand turn when he hit the woman while she was in the crosswalk. She was transported to a local hospital for treatment but later succumbed to her injuries.
The driver, a 28-year-old male, was test driving the car at the time of the incident. He did stop and waited at the scene of the accident for help to arrive. Local authorities later arrested him, and he has been charged with the aggravated unlicensed operation of the vehicle.
The loss of a loved one in a fatal auto-pedestrian car accident can have major emotional and financial consequences for the surviving family members. The driver, already facing one criminal charge, may also be served with a wrongful death claim from the victim's family. The owner of the vehicle that the man was apparently test driving could be added as a defendant in the litigation. If liability is established to the satisfaction of a New York civil court, the family could be granted monetary relief for their loss. Such compensation could help aid them in paying for the unexpected medical, funeral and any other financial damages accruing from the tragic accident.
Source: New York Daily News, New York City traffic accidents kill 2, seriously injure 1, Clare Trapasso and Barry Paddock, Jan. 19, 2014