A 72-year-old man was killed in a deadly pedestrian accident in New York City. The victim was crossing Horace Harding Expressway at around 5 AM when he was struck by a minivan. Witnesses called the NYPD who arrived within minutes. They found the man on the ground, seriously injured. He was rushed to nearby New York Presbyterian Queens Hospital but succumbed to his injuries.
The driver of the car remained at the scene of the crash and cooperated with police investigators. However, the surviving family members may opt to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the driver who struck and killed the pedestrian along with the owner of the automobile. Firstly, the insurance company for the car that struck the pedestrian is responsible to pay no-fault benefits which will cover the medical and funeral expenses. Victimized families especially dependents of the decedent can bring a lawsuit for pain and suffering for the time the victim survived after the accident and for the amount of money the victim would have contributed to his household for the period of his work life expectancy.
No two pedestrian accidents in New York City are the same. That’s why it’s necessary for those who have been injured to discuss their case (and potential legal options) with an experienced pedestrian accident attorney in New York City. In this particular case, the facts of the accident must be closely examined. While on its face, it appears that the pedestrian was foolishly crossing a dangerous highway, if the highway was clear and there was nothing to impair the driver’s line of vision, the driver will have to explain why he did not avoid the accident. The law is clear in New York; a driver is charged with to see what there is to be seen.
If you or a family member has been injured in an accident, you need to discuss your case with a skilled and experienced accident attorney. Call the Law Offices of Nussin S. Fogel at 800-734-9338 or 212-385-1122 for your free consultation today.