A 67-year-old woman was recently killed by an X1 express bus on its way to a bus depot in Staten Island. The bus was not in service at the time of the pedestrian accident.The woman was allegedly crossing mid-block outside of a crosswalk when the bus hit her and knocked her unconscious. Emergency Medical Services arrived on the scene shortly thereafter and found the victim with “severe body trauma.” The woman was then transported to a nearby hospital. She was pronounced dead soon after her arrival.The MTA has said that the bus driver, who is not in passenger service at the moment, claimed trauma after the accident. It has not been reported whether the driver was arrested or ticketed in the accident, but an investigation is underway.
Pedestrian knockdowns can result in very serious injuries and even deaths. Many of these accidents are caused by a driver’s negligence. To establish negligence in a pedestrian accident, you must show that the person at fault for the accident owed a duty to the plaintiff and failed to fulfill that duty. You must also show that this negligence caused the accident involving the plaintiff and injured the plaintiff as a result. Drivers can be seen as negligent if they were driving under the influence, speeding, disobeying traffic laws or driving while distracted.
There are ways to receive compensation for the suffering of victims and their families if they can show this negligence in a court of law. Damages recovered in pedestrian accidents can help a family move forward from their tragedy.
Source: silive.com, “MTA: Bus headed to Staten Island when it fatally struck woman,” Maura Grunlund, Aug. 21, 2015