The dangers on the roadways are apparent to most New Yorkers. Whether they are driving, a passenger, riding on public transportation or walking near the road, a negligent driver could collide with them and cause a fatal crash. Serious collisions often affect more than the victims involved. The loved ones of the deceased often suffer greatly, and the driver at fault could endure criminal and civil liabilities.
A late night pedestrian crash recently occurred in Marine Park. According to New York officials, a fatal hit-and-run accident occurred around 3:00 a.m. in the park when a man attempted to cross the street. Following the collision, the 32-year-old male pedestrian was left on the ground unconscious. Authorities transported the man to the hospital where he later died from the serious injuries he suffered.
After initial investigation of the fatal crash, authorities arrested a 50-year-old man they suspect was the driver that fatally struck the male pedestrian then fled the scene. He was charged with leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death as well as an aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.
In addition to facing criminal charges, the driver could also endure civil liabilities. The loved ones of the deceased man could file wrongful death suit in order to recover compensation to cover their losses and damages associated with the accident. The monetary award could be used to pay for medical bills, funeral costs, lost wages and lost of companionship.
A negligent driver does not only create dangers and risks on the roadway, but they also affect the lives of many in addition to those directly involved in the accident. Family members could suffer greatly. They not only endure the emotional upset for the loss of a loved one but they also are left with the bills related to the crash. Filing a civil suit could help alleviate these costs.
Source: CBS New York, “Brooklyn Man Charged In Fatal Hit-And-Run,” June 28, 2014