A tragic accident has claimed the life of a 75-year-old man. He had been crossing the street at Taylor and Soundview avenues in the Bronx when he was hit by a car. While the pedestrian was rushed to Jacobi Medical Center, he was largely unresponsive and was declared dead at the hospital. Now, police are investigating the Clason Point crash and hope to learn more about what happened in the moments leading up to the crash.
Thus far, police have released very little information about the accident, including the man’s name or whether the driver of the vehicle stayed on the scene of the accident. As more information emerges, however, it may be important for the man’s surviving family members to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the driver. While a wrongful death lawsuit will not bring the man back, it may help the family members hold someone accountable for their loved one’s death.
Every pedestrian has specific rights, including the right to safety. Walking in New York City should be no more dangerous than riding a bicycle, traveling in a car or any other form of transportation. No pedestrian should have to fear for his or her safety every time he or she leaves the house. Sadly, motorists don’t always respect pedestrians as they should, driving carelessly around them or not even paying attention to where pedestrians are. These are the drivers who cause such horrific crashes and they are the ones who should be responsible for the injuries and damage they cause by their negligent driving.
It remains to be seen if the family members of this pedestrian will try to hold the driver responsible in this Bronx accident, but if there is evidence of his or her negligence or carelessness, they may be able to do just that.
Source: CBS New York, “Accident Leaves 75-Year-Old Man Dead In The Bronx,” March 12, 2013
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