The dangers faced by pedestrians throughout New York City has garnered significant attention as lawmakers and safety advocates seek strategies to reduce pedestrian accidents. Unfortunately, these accidents continue to occur and people are seriously hurt and even lose their lives on a regular basis. Many of these accidents involve vehicles that fail to yield or that hit a pedestrian in crosswalk accidents. Due to their vulnerability, pedestrians can suffer long-term damage and death in these collisions.
According to a recent report, a rush hour accident claimed the life of a pedestrian. The man and his wife were crossing the street shortly after 8:30 a.m. when a turning school bus hit the 83-year-old man, killing him. The couple was in the crosswalk at the intersection when the 56-year-old bus driver turned left. The driver remained at the scene and was said to be disconsolate due to the accident. The victim had major trauma all over his body and was not responsive. The investigation is continuing and it is not known if there will be citations or arrests.
Fatal accidents come without warning and people who have been impacted by the aftermath must think about how they will move forward. Because fatal pedestrian accidents can happen for multiple reasons, the investigation is a foundational part of a legal claim. There could have been recklessness on the part of the driver, he or she might have been distracted or under the influence or it might have been due to a violation of the law. All of these factors and more must be considered in the context of a potential lawsuit.