A man was killed last month when an out-of-control driver caused a chain reaction crash in Ozone Park. The fatal pedestrian accident in Queens claimed the life of a 58-year-old man who was walking on the sidewalk in front of a restaurant at around one forty in the afternoon.
The SUV involved in the crash was driven by a 26-year-old woman who was coming from Rockaway Beach with a carload of her friends. It’s unclear what caused her to lose control of the vehicle but the Jeep slammed into a telephone pole before rebounding, jumping the curb, and striking the victim.
EMTs arrived at the scene of the crash within minutes to find the victim unconscious and unresponsive. He was rushed to nearby Jamaica Hospital but his injuries proved too severe and he was later declared dead.
Reports from the scene state that the driver of the vehicle was given a breathalyzer test to rule out intoxication as a factor. No arrests were made at the scene.
Further investigation revealed that the driver in question has a history of speeding violations including 8 separate violations for speeding in school zones as well as four separate failures to stop at red lights. Unfortunately, it’s unlikely that a judge would admit this into evidence because just because this person was reckless on other occasions, it doesn’t mean she was reckless on this occasion.
In addition to the strong case the family has for damages (pain and suffering for the time the victim survived and the amount of money the victim would have contributed to his family household for the period of his expected work life expectancy), the insurance company for the vehicle which struck the victim must pay no-fault benefits which will pay for medical and funeral expenses.
If you’ve been injured or have lost a loved one in a crash caused by a negligent driver, speak with an experienced pedestrian accident lawyer in New York City today. Call the professionals at the Law Offices of Nussin S. Fogel at 800-734-9338 or 212-385-1122 for your free consultation.