A terrible pedestrian accident in The Bronx sent two people to the hospital late last month. The victims, one adult and one child, were crossing the street near 1610 Sedgwick Ave. in Morris Heights early on the afternoon of October 26th when a car smashed into them. FDNY arrived on scene within minutes and rushed both victims to nearby New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center. One of the victims was listed in serious condition. The other was listed as critical.
This is a story that has become all too common in the news lately. Pedestrian accidents in New York involving children seem to be increasing on a daily basis despite the city’s efforts to curb traffic accidents. Indeed, children are one of the groups most at risk for these types of car accidents in New York City. (The other group is comprised of the elderly.)
Because of their size, at-fault drivers often report failing to see children before they strike them. This places them in danger of being struck by distracted or reckless drivers. Fiddling with cellphones or disobeying the speed limit can dramatically reduce a driver’s reaction time, leaving drivers more prone to striking pedestrians even in well-marked and signed crosswalks.
Even if a pedestrian does step into the street, the driver still has the obligation to see what is there to be seen and avoid the accident. Indeed, if a driver strikes a pedestrian child while crossing the street, that driver can be held responsible for the pain and suffering of the injuries sustained in the accident and all of the unpaid medical expenses associated with that child’s recovery including long-term costs like physical therapy, reconstructive surgery, and emotional therapy if the driver could have avoided the accident.
If you or a loved one has been injured by a negligent or distracted driver, you need an experienced New York City pedestrian accident lawyer on your side. Call the Law offices of Nussin S. Fogel at 800-734-9338 or 212-385-1122 to get the legal help you need today.