Pedestrian accidents are a common cause of injuries in Staten Island and throughout New York. Many of these accidents happen on the roadways, but some happen in parking lots. The worst kind of pedestrian knockdowns are those that injure children.
A pedestrian accident in a college parking lot in Staten Island injured a 2-year-old child. The boy was hit by a beige Jeep Liberty. The incident occurred after a football game at around 8:25 p.m. After the accident, emergency personnel were called. The child was taken to the hospital and was said to be in critical condition. The driver of the Jeep remained at the scene. The investigation into the accident is ongoing.
Because drivers in parking lots are not limited by traffic lights and stop signs, they often flout basic rules. They might back up without looking or simply not pay attention because they do not believe it is dangerous to be careless in a parking lot. People who are hit by a vehicle when walking are prone to being seriously injured due to a lack of protection. This is exacerbated when it is a child. There can be broken bones, head trauma, spinal cord damage and injuries that can last a lifetime. It is not unusual for these accidents to be fatal. With the medical bills, emotional impact and other factors, it is imperative that the family understand what they will face following the incident.
Pedestrian accidents have the potential to be catastrophic, especially when they involve a child. Drivers in parking lots must be aware of their surroundings, and especially of the fact that children may be present. The failure to pay attention to others in the vicinity when driving in a parking lot could lead to an injury-causing accident, for which the at-fault driver may be liable.
Source: silive.com, “NYPD: 2-year-old run over by SUV near Wagner College,” Shane DiMaio, April 21, 2018