A 33-year-old man was fatally injured in a Brooklyn pedestrian accident, which officials say, was caused by an 18-year-old man who was under the influence of drugs. According to a report in The New York Daily News, police said the driver was under the influence of amphetamines when he struck the pedestrian near the intersection of Bushwick Avenue and Meserole Street in Williamsburg early morning on Nov. 11.
The pedestrian reportedly suffered traumatic brain injuries and other injuries to his body. He was transported to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead. The motorist faced several charges in connection with this fatal pedestrian accident including vehicular manslaughter, reckless endangerment, assault, operating a motor vehicle impaired by drugs and reckless driving. According to the city’s Vision Zero program, there were more than 90 pedestrian accident fatalities in the five boroughs as of the end of September.
The Dangers of DUI
According to government data, in 2019, 28.7 million Americans aged 16 and older drove under the influence. Of those, 13.6 million drove under the influence of illicit drugs and 12.8 million specifically drove under the influence of marijuana. Drugged driving, according to research, is most prevalent among younger drivers between the ages of 16 and 25.
In a 2018 National Institutes of Health study young adults aged 18 to 25 seeking care in emergency departments were surveyed about past-year substance use behaviors including drugged driving. Nearly 24% reported driving impaired by drugs in the past year with 96% reporting driving after marijuana use. Nearly 25% of drugged drivers said they engaged in high-frequency drugged driving, 10 or more times in the past year.
Many substances can impair driving including illegal drugs, legal drugs, alcohol and even some over-the-counter and prescription drugs. Alcohol and drugs can impair the ability to drive because they slow coordination, judgment and reaction times. Drugs can also alter driver behaviors. For example, cocaine and methamphetamine tend to make drivers more reckless and aggressive.
Using two or more drugs at the same time including alcohol can amplify the impairing effects of each drug the person has used. Some prescription and over-the-counter medications can cause extreme drowsiness, dizziness and other side effects. Needless to say, this type of impairment can be extremely dangerous for pedestrians, bicyclists and others on the roadway.
Contacting an Experienced Lawyer
Injured victims of pedestrian accidents and bicycle accidents can seek compensation from at-fault parties for damages including, but not limited to, medical expenses, lost wages and benefits, hospitalization, rehabilitation, permanent injuries, disabilities, past and future pain and suffering, etc. Families that have lost loved ones in pedestrian accidents can seek compensation for damages such as lost future income, medical and funeral costs, pain and suffering, etc.
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 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 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 50 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. 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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