Two people were killed in two pedestrian accidents in New York over the weekend. The first incident occurred the morning of Aug. 24 in White Plains in Westchester County after a DWI incident left a female pedestrian dead. Police said the 26-year-old male driver was traveling west on Route 119 when he went off the road at the intersection of Central Avenue.
He then allegedly drove onto a center median/pedestrian area and struck a 57-year-old woman from the Bronx. The woman was transported to a local hospital where she died from her injuries. Officials said she had been walking to work when she was struck and killed. The driver was treated for minor injuries and booked on DWI charges.
The second accident occurred the night of Aug. 24 on Long Island. The pedestrian, a 17-year-old female, was crossing Nesconset Highway near Terryville Road when she was struck by a vehicle traveling westbound. The driver did not stop at the scene and took off. The teen was pronounced dead at the scene. A driver or vehicle description is not available. Police are still looking for the hit-and-run driver.
DUI and Hit-and-Run Incidents
Driving under the influence is against the law in New York. It is illegal to operate a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. It is against the law to drive a vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 % or higher. All impaired driving tends to increase the risk for accidents as the driver’s reflexes, coordination and judgment is affected.
It is also against the law to leave the scene of an injury or fatal car accident in New York. Motorists who are involved in collisions are required to stop right away and remain at the scene of the crash until authorities arrive. They are also required to exchange pertinent information with other parties involved in the incident and most importantly, provide assistance to the injured victims. This might be something as simple as calling 911 so that the injured victim receives prompt medical assistance. In pedestrian accident cases, receiving immediate medical attention may make the difference between life and death. New York State’s Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee offers several safety plans and tips for pedestrian safety.
Injuries and Compensation
Pedestrian accidents have the potential to result in devastating injuries. Some of the common injuries sustained in pedestrian versus vehicle collisions include traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord trauma, broken bones, amputations, internal organ damage, etc. These are all injuries that may require lengthy hospitalization and costly rehabilitation. They may also result in long-term disabilities that may prevent individuals from returning to work or pursuing livelihoods.
Victims who have been injured in pedestrian accidents will be able to seek compensation for damages including, but not limited to, medical expenses, lost income and benefits, hospitalization, rehabilitation, permanent injuries, disabilities, past and future pain and suffering, etc. It is important to remember that pedestrian accident victims may be able to seek compensation for injuries or losses in a collision even if they were not walking in a marked crosswalk.
If you have lost a loved one in a pedestrian accident, you may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit seeking compensation as well. An experienced personal injury lawyer will be able to guide you through what can quickly become a complex process and help you maximize the compensation you receive.
Please remember that in hit-and-run incidents, the victim or his or her family may be able to seek compensation through the uninsured motorist clause of their own auto insurance policies or through a quasi-state agency if there is no motor vehicle in their household. These cases are tricky and it is best to hire an experienced personal injury lawyer right after the accident.
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 a motor vehicle accident caused by a negligent or 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 47 years, our skilled accident attorneys have established a proven track record of helping injured victims. 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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