The pattern of pedestrians being run down and killed by vehicles in New York City continued with the latest incident occurring recently in Morningside Heights on Amsterdam Avenue near W. 112th Street. A United Coach Line charter bus crushed a 68-year-old female under its front wheels as it pulled out of its parked spot and hooked onto the woman, dragging her under the vehicle. She had been standing near the front passenger side waiting to cross the street prior to the occurrence of the fatal accident.
When an intersection collision between two vehicles results in the death or serious personal injury of one or more participants, it is usually necessary to determine the percentage of fault that may be attributed to each driver. In New York and other states, the fault determination dictates if either party is legally responsible to compensate those who have been injured or killed in the fatal accident. In some cases, it may be necessary to use a forensic accident reconstruction expert to render an opinion on which driver was at fault, or to state the percentage of the comparative fault of each.
The wife and 13-year-old daughter of a New York City Police Department detective were stunned to later find out that the traffic jam that had held them up on the Sprain Brook Parkway on the morning of Feb. 27 was due to an accident involving their loved one. Their 46-year-old husband and father was hit head-on and killed by a wrong-way driver of a 2013 Honda Civic. The victim was on his way to work in Queens, according to police. A little later in the morning, his wife and daughter were unknowingly stuck in the traffic jam related to the fatal accident, as the mother was transporting their daughter to school.
The recent death of "60 Minutes" reporter Bob Simon will spark investigations to get to the cause of the tragedy. He died while riding in a Lincoln Town Car that was operated by a 44-year-old Afghan immigrant. The fatal accident occurred on the West Side Highway in New York City when the Lincoln veered toward the center lane and hit a Mercedes that was stopped at a red light.
Under New York Mayor de Blasio, the city has beefed up its efforts to cut down on pedestrian injuries and deaths on the city's streets. In a rare move that may indicate a change in policy, police arrested a Metro bus driver recently after the bus he was operating struck and killed a 78-year-old man who was crossing the street. The fatal accident occurred in Brooklyn near Farragut Road and New York Avenue.
One of the more dangerous predicaments a driver can face is that of breaking down on a fast-paced New York highway. Depending on the circumstances, it may be tough to decide whether it is safer to wait inside the car or outside of it while waiting for rescue assistance. A fatal accident or one causing serious injuries can occur either way.
The untimely death of a loved one can cause extreme trauma to a family. Not only will they have to adjust to life without the love and guidance of the deceased, they will also be facing medical and end-of-life expenses. One New York family recently received the shocking news about the death of a loved one in a fatal motorcycle accident.
A New York teenager has been sentenced for his contribution to a deadly motor vehicle accident that claimed the lives of four individuals. The man was convicted of drugged driving that led to the fatal car accident on Long Island. He admitted that he had consumed marijuana and was high at the time of the tragedy.
Many New York residents may share the concern of the authorities about the number of deaths on our roads that result from accidents caused by intoxicated teenage drivers. What often starts as an evening of fun could have an adverse effect on the remainder of a young person’s life if they choose to drive after consuming alcohol and/or drugs. Moreover, the lives of a family who loses a loved one in a fatal accident will also be changed forever.
New York City is apparently continuing to settle up on some important pending cases against the City. A $2 million settlement was just reached with the family of a 27 year-old man from Brooklyn who was killed in a pedestrian collision with a police car two years ago. The wrongful death complaint against the Police Department alleged that the man was unarmed and running on foot from the police when the pursuing squad car went onto the sidewalk in his path and caused a collision with him. He died of massive head injuries from the collision and/or from falling over on his head immediately after being struck.