An elderly woman in New York recently lost her life when she was struck by an MTA bus. This incident occurred the evening of Sept. 5, in Brooklyn. The bus driver is now facing charges for his role in this pedestrian accident.
Every year, numerous New York residents or visitors to the state suffer injury or death in pedestrian accidents. When these collisions involve buses, trucks or other larger vehicles, pedestrians may be pulled under and dragged for some time before the drivers are even aware of what has happened. Those who survive these incidents or the family members of victims who do not may have legal recourse. Following a pedestrian accident, personal injury or wrongful death claims may be filed in an effort to seek financial relief.
In New York and elsewhere, SUV-involved pedestrian accidents seem to occur all too frequently. When they do, the victims most often suffer critical or fatal injuries. Anyone who has been injured or lost a loved one in an SUV-involved pedestrian accident may be entitled to seek compensation for their resulting losses.
New York City is somewhat reminiscent of a war-zone when it comes to the safety of pedestrians. Pedestrian injury numbers in the city are high. Pedestrians are often injured and killed even when crossing securely within the borders of a marked crosswalk. Many drivers, looking out for other vehicles, forget to keep their lookout ahead for pedestrians. This also often happens while making turns or maneuvering for parking along the city sidewalks.
Ruthie Anne Blumenstein is a Tony-award winning actress, known for her work in the "King and I." Recently, Mrs. Blumenstein, one of her friends and their children were involved in a pedestrian accident in New York. They are all said to have been hit while crossing a crosswalk in Brooklyn.
The New York State Department of Health gathers statistics on a number of things that affect the health and well-being of residents of the state -- including injuries and deaths related to motor vehicle accidents. Right now, the department's website only lists the statistics for the years 2012 to 2014. While these numbers may be a few years old, they are still pretty eye opening. This week, this column will focus specifically on the pedestrian accident statistics.
During the week, big yellow school buses are a common sight in the mornings and afternoons as bus drivers work to transport children to and from school. Unfortunately, for two individuals in New York, the sight of these buses was not a pleasant one. A child and a woman were both struck by school buses in late January. Each victim may be entitled to file a pedestrian accident claim in court in order to seek restitution for their losses.
In many places in New York, residents and visitors to the state walk to get to where they want to go. It is economical and, quite frankly, sometimes faster than waiting in traffic. Unfortunately, numerous individuals are injured every year being hit by cars, and some even lose their lives. How likely is a pedestrian accident to happen really?
Law enforcement officers in New York are looking for the individual responsible for a crash that left one person injured. In mid-October, a man was severely injured in a pedestrian accident in Queens. A description of the vehicle involved has been released to the public, but so far the driver remains at large.
Many areas of New York City are considered high foot-traffic areas. Drivers and pedestrians alike have to be careful and look out for each other. It is highly unfortunate that, yet again, another pedestrian accident with injuries has been reported.