Car accidents between a motor vehicle and a pedestrian are often devastating. The size differences between a motor vehicle and a pedestrian are significant. Pedestrians have little chance of escaping such an accident unharmed. Very often, pedestrians suffer serious injuries in such accidents and these injuries often prove life-altering. Long-term treatment for these injuries can result in significant financial strains. In such cases, victims have rights.
Two pedestrians suffered injuries following a car accident in New York. According to reports, on a Saturday morning at tenth avenue and 34th street, a driver’s Dodge SUV hopped over a curb before hitting one of the pedestrians. Following this, the SUV then struck a pole, which fell onto the second pedestrian. The driver of the SUV then fled the scene. Reports say he is thought to be a man in his 30s.
One of the victims, a 44-year-old woman, was considered to be in critical condition following the crash. Another one of the victims, a 40-year-old man, was also in critical condition. His injuries were considered non life-threatening. Both victims were taken to a nearby hospital.
Following car accidents, victims often need to be transported to a hospital for treatment. Transportation can be expensive and these costs greatly increase when the mode of transportation is a medical helicopter. Victims are often unprepared to handle such costs.
Taking legal action can sometimes allow victims to obtain monetary compensation. Compensation can help to alleviate some of these costs, which are often difficult for victims to bear. Knowing what legal options are available and how to best pursue them can be of immense help to victims and their families.
Source: CBS New York, “Police: 2 Injured In Manhattan Hit-And-Run Crash,” May 31, 2014