New York City is known for its traffic and the great number of people who take to its streets every day. Rush hour is known as one of the riskiest times for vehicles and pedestrians to share the road as people in a hurry and thinking about other things are prone to being in a car-pedestrian accident. Pedestrian accidents are especially dangerous because of the logistics involved. A pedestrian does not have much of a chance against a vehicle. Being hit can cause significant damage and lead to injuries and death. People who have been injured and families that have been affected by a fatal accident involving a loved one must know their rights to consider a lawsuit for compensation.
A pedestrian-car accident is made worse when it turns into a hit and run. Hit-and-run accidents are not only causes of injuries and death, but it is also a criminal act as a driver is obligated to stop and check if the person needs help and call emergency services if it is necessary. A crash that killed a 77-year-old woman resulted in the arrest of a 58-year-old driver who fled the scene.
The accident happened at around 7 a.m. when the woman was hit as she crossed the street walking home from church. The driver was in a 2016 Toyota Corolla. The pedestrian was dragged almost 200 feet. The driver works at a hospital and claims to be under the impression that she ran over a chunk of ice. As she heard news that there was a fatal pedestrian crash nearby, she said that she wondered if she had been the driver who hit the woman. It turns out she was. She was later arrested and given supervised release.
Even if this was little more than a tragic accident and the driver was not breaking any laws at the time of the crash and honestly believed she had driven over a piece of ice, that does not eliminate her responsibility for the accident. Fatal pedestrian accidents can lead to major costs for the family including paying for a funeral, lost companionship and more. A legal filing can help with those costs and provide compensation for family members who lost a loved one who was hit by a car.
Source: nydailynews.com, "Driver cuffed for Queens hit-and-run that killed 77-year-old woman," Adam Shrier, John Annese, Jan. 12, 2018