When Staten Islanders cross the street in a crosswalk, drivers are required by law to yield to them. Unfortunately, many drivers do not adhere to the law, especially when it comes to pedestrians. Some drivers are distracted, reckless or under the influence. Others are simply not being cautious. Given their vulnerability, pedestrians can suffer serious injuries and fatalities when they are struck by a car. Understanding the necessary steps to pursue compensation in a legal filing is imperative for accident victims.
An elderly grandfather was severely injured when he was hit by a turning car as he crossed the street. The 71-year-old man was rushed to the hospital with head trauma after the crash. He was declared dead the next day. According to the investigation, he was in the intersection when a car driven by a 17-year-old male turned left and hit him. The teen was cited for failing to yield to a pedestrian and not exercising due care.
One of the worst types of motor vehicle accidents is a pedestrian accident. Since a pedestrian bears the full brunt of the crash, it is likely there will be catastrophic injuries or death. The aftermath of these accidents can be expensive in multiple ways, whether there are medical expenses, lost wages, lost companionship or other damages.
It can be difficult to think about these issues after losing a loved one, but it is wise for a family to have legal advice from a law firm who specializes in motor vehicle accidents.