When someone is killed in a New York auto accident, their family members usually experience several emotions, including grief and shock. Their sorrow may soon become rage if another person caused the fatal accident. In a busy city such as New York City, a car accident can particularly be detrimental due to the congestion of the streets; therefore, a single mishap can easily affect not only other drivers but also pedestrians. The family members of a person killed in a car accident can rightfully pursue monetary damages in an effort to experience closure in the situation.
In one recent situation in New York, an elderly person was driving a vehicle. That’s when the driver lost control of the car and jumped the curb. That’s when the vehicle hit a water vendor and killed him.
The person who died in the accident was a 42-year-old man. He was transported to the hospital for treatment of his injuries but died there. The driver and the passenger in the car that struck the vendor also were transported to the hospital. The driver who caused the fatal accident is not expected to be charged in the crash.
Even though the driver will likely not face charges in the fatal accident, the family members of the deceased victim have the right to sue the driver in order to seek reimbursement for any financial damages incurred in the car accident. A successful outcome can help the family members to cover end-of-life expenses such as funeral expenses and medical costs stemming from the accident. Drivers who strike pedestrians in these types of vehicle collisions can be held liable if negligence is proved. Once liability is established to a civil court’s satisfaction, claims for monetary damages will be determined.
Source: NBC New York, Car Jumps Curb, Hits and Kills Water Peddler in Queens, No author, Sept. 23, 2013