New York is a bustling pedestrian city. There are so many people driving and walking that accidents can occur in a multitude of ways. When there is a pedestrian accident, those who are hit can face substantial injuries and even death. Their vulnerability can cause long-lasting damage. For those who have been hurt in pedestrian accidents after hit by a car, having legal advice is imperative in the aftermath.
Three people who were crossing the street near Penn Station in Midtown Manhattan were hit by a van. The accident occurred during rush hour at around 5:30 p.m. According to the investigation, the van stopped at a red light. People were crossing the street as normal, but the van started rolling. It hit two females and a male and continued before stopping at the other end of the block. The people were taken to the hospital. The 68-year-old driver of the van said that the gas pedal became stuck on the floor mat and this caused him to go through the light. He was detained and later released. Alcohol is not believed to be a factor.
When there are crosswalk accidents in which pedestrians are hit, there can be head trauma, back injuries, broken bones, cuts and more. People who are hit by a car must be aware of the potential for long-term consequences even if they do not believe they are seriously hurt. There can be medical costs, hospitalizations, lost time at work and the need for care. Some injuries do not appear until well after the accident has happened. Bearing that in mind, those who are hit in pedestrian accidents and their families should make certain to consider a legal filing for compensation.
In this accident, a van crashed into people as they were crossing the street. Although there does not appear to have been any intent and the people’s injuries were not said to be serious, they still need to protect their interests by discussing a case with an experienced attorney as soon as possible.
Source: NBC New York, “Van Hits 3 People Near Penn Station After Gas Pedal Gets Caught: Officials,” Jonathan Dienst, Marc Santia & Wale Aliyu, Sept. 29, 2017