Shock and despair usually fill the hearts of loved ones who discover that a family member has been struck by a car. This can especially be the case if that person was simply trying to cross the street when the collision occurred. Pedestrians are especially vulnerable on the road and can suffer severe injuries or even be killed because they are not protected against the impact of an automobile in an auto accident. Family members who are distraught over the loss of a loved one can rightfully pursue financial damage claims in the New York civil court system.
One man’s family is grieving after he was killed in a recent New York car crash. The man, who was 65 years old, was trying to cross the street at the time of the accident. That’s when a 23-year-old man hit him.
The 65-year-old man died at the scene of the crash. The man who reportedly struck him with his car was arrested on a charge of vehicular manslaughter. He was also charged with driving while being alcohol-impaired.
In addition to facing criminal charges, the man who reportedly struck the pedestrian might also face legal challenges in the form of a wrongful death lawsuit. It is within the right of the deceased man’s family members to sue the driver in civil court, seeking reimbursement of monetary damages linked to the auto accident. This may include funeral costs and other expenses that are permissible under the state law. In the event that the 23-year-old driver is convicted of his criminal charges, that fact could potentially be used to establish liability in a wrongful death lawsuit in a New York civil court.
Source: The Wall Street Journal, Driver arrested in Manhattan pedestrian fatal, No author, Nov. 24, 2013