A man from New Jersey was struck and killed in a fatal pedestrian accident in New York City last month. The man reportedly sideswiped a vehicle while driving along FDR Drive around 5 in the morning on September 16th. The man then got out of his vehicle and, for some unknown reason, attempted to cross the highway while waiting for the NYPD to respond to the initial crash. He was struck by a Cadillac SUV.
First responders were on scene within minutes and transported the victim to a nearby hospital but his injuries were too severe. He was pronounced dead shortly after arrival. The driver of the SUV stayed on scene and did allegedly cooperate with crash investigators and first responders.
The driver of the car that the victim collided with also remained at the scene of this tragic fatal pedestrian accident in New York and is not yet facing any charges.
While it may appear at first glance that the pedestrian himself was at least partially responsible for the accident, we must first learn from the driver and eyewitnesses how much time elapsed from the time the driver first saw the pedestrian. It could very well be that the driver had enough time to avoid the pedestrian and if so, the driver must explain why he didn’t. Indeed, drivers have a legal responsibility to yield the right of way to people on foot including when they notice a hazard (like the aftermath of a car accident) in the roadway ahead.
However, proving liability in a pedestrian accident in New York City can be difficult. It always requires extensive investigation and knowledge of the law. In some case, it may also require expert opinion.
If you’ve been injured by a careless driver while on foot, having an experienced pedestrian accident lawyer in New York City representing you may be the best (and sometimes is the only) way to get the compensation you deserve. Contact the professionals at the Law Offices of Nussin S. Fogel today. Call 800-734-9338 or 212-385-1122 for your free consultation.