Margie Salter, 91, was killed in a Brooklyn pedestrian accident, which officials say, involved a hit-and-run driver. According to a report in the New York Daily News, the fatal crash occurred the evening of Dec. 29 when Salter was crossing Rockaway Parkway near Skidmore Avenue. Salter was struck in front of a supermarket in Canarsie and suffered a massive head injury, police said.
Grave Injuries and Ongoing Investigation
Medics rushed her to an area hospital. Her daughter told the Daily News that Salter had suffered broken legs, broken ribs, broken pelvis and internal bleeding. The victim died after her kidneys failed and heart stopped, her daughter said. The driver of the vehicle that struck Salter fled the scene. Investigators are working to determine if the driver may not have realized that he/she hit someone.
The location where Salter was killed is notorious in that neighborhood for being a dangerous intersection and one that forces pedestrians to cross mid-block, a neighbor told the Daily News. Salter’s daughter said the intersection prompts drivers to speed as some of its lanes empty out into the busy Belt Parkway. We offer our deepest condolences to Margie Salter’s family for their terrible loss.
Elderly Pedestrians Suffer More Serious Injuries
Elderly pedestrians tend to be more fragile and have brittle bones because of the natural aging process. Any collision with a vehicle — even when it occurs at a low speed — can cause catastrophic or even fatal injuries. Some medical conditions such as osteoporosis make the bones weaker increasing the risk of severe fractures.
In addition, elderly pedestrians may be on certain medications that increase the risk of serious health complications after such crashes. For example, if the victim takes blood thinners and hits his or her head on the pavement, even that trauma can lead to severe internal bleeding. The risk of a fatality for elderly pedestrians is significantly higher in a pedestrian crash.
Hit-and-Run Pedestrian Collision
In a hit-and-run collision, it is important to remember that the driver involved and the vehicle owner can be held financially liable for the injuries, damages and losses caused whether or not the driver was arrested and/or charged. A hit-and-run accident victim can also seek compensation through the uninsured motorist clause of his or her auto insurance policy (even though the driver has not been identified) or through a quasi-state agency if there is no motor vehicle in the victim’s household. Our law firm recovered $2,000,000 (two million dollars) for a victim in a hit-and-run accident.
Victims of a pedestrian collision may seek compensation for damages including medical expenses, lost income and benefits, hospitalization, cost of rehabilitation, permanent injuries, disabilities, past and future pain and suffering, etc. The family of a deceased victim in such cases may be able to seek compensation for lost future income, medical and funeral costs, pain and suffering, etc. by filing a wrongful death lawsuit against the responsible parties.
Contacting an Experienced Lawyer
If you or a loved one has been injured in a pedestrian accident or bicycle accident, or if you have lost a loved one in an auto accident caused by a negligent (careless) 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.
Pedestrian accident victims and their families should also remember that they can seek compensation for injuries or losses in collisions even if the victim was not walking in a marked crosswalk and even if the driver involved in collision was not charged. Our law firm recovered the full one million dollar insurance policy for a girl who was not in the crosswalk when a motor vehicle hit her.
For over 51 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 bicyclist 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, and 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, and $2,500,000 for a man who fell through an improperly secured hole.
We also obtained $295,000 in compensation for the victim of a bicycle dooring accident (where a car door opens into the path of a bicyclist). Also, one of our clients obtained a verdict for $43,940,000 and another of our clients got a verdict for $23,500,000, both in medical malpractice cases.
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