When someone is killed in a car accident in New York, the incident can cause anguish and disbelief. This is particularly true if the person who died in the fatal accident was struck by a vehicle while trying to cross the street. It is within the family’s rights to pursue monetary damage claims in an effort to move on from this devastating situation.
One man was recently killed in New York when he was crossing a street. A vehicle reportedly struck the 19-year-old man. Reports further indicate that the driver of this vehicle then fled the accident scene.
Authorities said the 19-year-old was transported to the hospital. That’s where he succumbed to his injuries and passed away. Police initially did not make any arrests and were still on the lookout for the driver of the hit-and-run crash.
The person who allegedly hit the pedestrian and fled the fatal accident scene will likely face criminal charges when captured. This person could also be confronted with legal difficulty if the family of the pedestrian who died decide to file a wrongful death lawsuit. Pedestrians are especially vulnerable when they are standing near the street or are crossing the roadway because they lack protection against a vehicle. It is within the rights of the family members of the pedestrian who was killed in this incident to pursue financial damages in New York, which can help to cover expenses linked to the crash, such as medical costs or funeral costs. A hit-and-run charge against the captured driver may be used to establish liability in a related civil court proceeding.
Source: NBCNewYork.com, 19-Year-Old Man Killed in Queens Hit-and-Run, No author, Sept. 30, 2013