When an individual is killed in a New York vehicle accident, their families are typically filled with grief and shock at such an unexpected incident. This is especially the case if the fatal accident victim was hit by a vehicle while he was on the side of the road. The family of the deceased person has the right to seek claims for financial damages in civil court, which will help to bring closure to the situation.
This appears to be the scenario that the family members of one New York pedestrian are facing after he was killed recently. According to police, the 86-year-old man was checking his mailbox. That’s when a sport utility vehicle struck him.
The man ended up dying as a result of the accident. Meanwhile, the sport utility vehicle fled the scene. Police were still looking for the hit-and-run driver.
The individual who hit the pedestrian and fled will likely face criminal charges when captured. This person could additionally face legal troubles in the form of a New York wrongful death lawsuit. Pedestrians are particularly at risk for major injuries or death when they are hit in or near a roadway as they have no protection against a motor vehicle, and elderly pedestrians are especially vulnerable. The family members of the fatal accident victim have the right to seek monetary compensation to cover funeral costs and other expenses related to the accident. A hit-and-run charge could be used as evidence to establish liability in a civil court proceeding in New York.
Source: The Wall Street Journal, Reward offered in fatal NY hit-and-run accident, No author, Sept. 2, 2013