An 89-year-old man was left in critical condition following a pedestrian accident in New York City late last month. The victim was walking in a parking lot located on 48th Street in Long Island City when he was struck by an automobile. EMTs were summoned withing minutes of the collision. They found the man seriously injured at the accident site and rushed him to nearby Elmhurst Hospital.
The driver of the vehicle that stuck the man stayed at the scene of the collision and was reportedly cooperating with NYP investigators.
This type of pedestrian accident is not uncommon in New York City. Elderly individuals are much less suspecting of drivers not obeying traffic laws and are much more likely to be the victim of collisions whether these accidents occur in crosswalks, parking lots, driveways, and other areas that aren’t specifically in the street. Drivers tend to relax their guard and take fewer precautions as parking lots, driveways and the like are often less congested than roadways.
Unfortunately, elderly individuals are also more likely to suffer more severe, longer-lasting and more impactful injuries. Indeed, injuries suffered in pedestrian accidents in New York (especially head injuries) can sometimes turn fatal for older victims. One study (published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism) reported that elderly individuals are at a much higher risk of death from various complications after simply breaking a bone. That risk endures for up to 10 years. In addition, these older victims are far more likely to require rehospitalization after they’re released.
Fortunately, no-fault benefits (from the automobile’s insurance company) are available to pay for hospital and medical treatment. This is separate from the claim for pain and suffering that the injured pedestrian can bring against the driver and owner of the automobile.
If you or a loved one has been injured by a careless driver, speak with an experienced pedestrian accident lawyer in New York City to get the expert legal help you will need. Call Law Offices of Nussin S. Fogel at 800-734-9338 or 212-385-1122 for your free consultation today.