The driver of the MTA bus that hit and killed a woman in Lower Manhattan has been charged with failing to yield to a pedestrian. According to a CBS New York news report, the pedestrian accident occurred when the 58-year-old victim was struck by the QM7 bus near the Staten Island Ferry Terminal at State and Water streets. The bus then dragged her for several blocks to the intersection of Trinity Place and Edgar Street until bystanders realized what had happened and flagged the driver down.
Initially, the bus driver who stopped and checked underneath the wheels told passengers “it must be a Halloween joke.” When he got back on the bus and started to drive, police stopped him. The driver still maintained it was a prank until police explained to him that he had hit and killed a pedestrian. The 63-year-old driver was transported to an area hospital for examination. Police don’t believe alcohol or drugs were factors in the crash. But the driver was charged with failing to yield the right of way to the pedestrian. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of the deceased victim.
NYC Pedestrian Accidents
Even with the numerous and recent efforts by officials to improve conditions, New York City’s roadways are still unsafe for pedestrians. The New York City Department of Transportation states that pedestrians are 10 times more likely to die than someone who is driving or traveling in a car. Citywide, pedestrians accounted for 52 percent – more than half — of traffic fatalities. Driver inattention was cited in nearly 36 percent of crashes that resulted in fatal or serious injuries to the pedestrians. Also 27 percent of fatal pedestrian accidents involved the driver’s failure to yield the right of way.
City officials have made a few strides to make streets safer for pedestrians with the Vision Zero program, which has taken steps such as installing speed enforcement cameras, criminally prosecuting drivers who fail to yield the right of way to pedestrians at marked crosswalks or intersections, making street improvements at several locations and by recently passing a new law, which closes a loophole in the existing law so a pedestrian who steps off the curb when the “Don’t Walk” light is flashing still has the protection of the law. City law already states that motorists shall yield the right of way to pedestrians who are crossing the street in a marked crosswalk.
Holding Negligent Motorists Accountable
A number of pedestrian accidents that occur at intersections and crosswalks are caused by negligent motorists. Some of the common causes of these pedestrian accidents include distracted driving, operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, failure on the part of motorists to follow the rules of the road, inattention, etc. When a negligent motorist causes a pedestrian accident, he or she can be held liable for the injuries, damages and losses caused. When the driver who caused the accident is on the job, his or her employer may also be held liable for the damages.
Injured victims of pedestrian accidents can seek compensation for damages including, but not limited to, medical expenses, lost wages and benefits, hospitalization, permanent injuries, disabilities, past and future pain and suffering, etc. Families of deceased victims can file what is known as a wrongful death claim seeking compensation for lost future income, medical and funeral costs, pain and suffering, etc. Wrongful death claims are usually filed by immediate family members of deceased accident victims such as the spouse, parents, siblings or children of the victim.
Contacting an Experienced Lawyer
If you or a loved one has been injured in a pedestrian accident or if you have lost a loved one in an auto accident caused by a reckless or negligent driver, the experienced New York personal injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Kenneth A. Wilhelm can help you better understand your legal rights and options, and also fight hard to recover just compensation for you. For over 45 years, our skilled accident attorneys have established a proven track record of helping injured victims get fair compensation for their losses. Our law firm recently recovered $5,600,000 for a man who was hit by a van, and $2,550,000 for another victim of a truck accident, and $3,000,000 for a pedestrian who was hit by a car, the full $1,000,000 insurance policy for a pedestrian who was hit by a truck and $4,625,000 for a driver who was in a car and was hit by a van.
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