Pedestrian Killed in Bronx Hit-and-Run Crash

hit and run accident attorneyA 30-year-old woman was killed when police said a speeding car clipped another vehicle and then struck her at a Bronx intersection. According to a report in the New York Post, the fatal pedestrian accident was caught on camera. The woman was crossing Washington Avenue at East 167th Street the evening of May 28 when an SUV barreled towards her, the video shows. The footage also shows the woman pausing in the center of the crosswalk as the two vehicles collide, but it was too late for her to return to the sidewalk.

The SUV struck the woman, throwing her into a parked car. The video also shows three people emerge from the SUV and the driver taking several items from the car and walking away. The other driver remained at the scene. The pedestrian was rushed to a local hospital where she was pronounced dead. No charges have been filed and the investigation is ongoing. Our deepest condolences to the family of the victim here for their tremendous loss.

Crosswalk Accidents in New York City

New York law gives pedestrians the right of way in marked or unmarked crosswalks. Drivers are required to yield to pedestrians crossing the street within crosswalks, whether or not traffic control signals are present. Failure to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks can result in citations for drivers and civil liability for any resulting injuries or damages.

Distracted driving, such as texting or talking on the phone, and speeding are common factors in crosswalk accidents. When drivers are not paying attention to the road or are traveling at unsafe speeds, they may fail to notice pedestrians in crosswalks or be unable to stop in time to avoid a collision.

New York City has implemented Vision Zero, a comprehensive road safety program aimed at eliminating traffic fatalities and injuries. As part of this initiative, measures such as lowering speed limits, redesigning intersections, and increasing enforcement of traffic laws are being put in place to improve pedestrian safety, including within crosswalks.

Compensation for Hit-and-Run Victims

In a hit-and-run collision, the driver and vehicle owner are both responsible parties even if the owner was not driving when the accident occurred. If the driver was on the job and/or operating a company vehicle at the time, his or her employer can also be held liable. When the driver is apprehended in a hit-and-run case, he or she can be held financially liable for the injuries, damages and losses caused. Our law firm recovered $2,000,000 in a hit-and-run car accident.

Such drivers can be held financially responsible whether or not they are arrested and/or charged. If a hit-and-run driver has injured you, please remember that you can seek compensation through the uninsured motorist clause of your 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.

Victims and their families in such cases should retain an experienced personal injury lawyer right away to help protect their legal rights. A family that has lost a loved one in a hit-and-run crash can file a wrongful death lawsuit seeking compensation as well.

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.

For over 52 years, our skilled accident attorneys have established a proven track record of helping injured victims get fair compensation for their losses. We 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 $2,000,000 in a hit-and-run accident, 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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