89-year-old hospitalized after SUV collision in front of Saks Fifth Avenue
An SUV hit a senior pedestrian outside the flagship Saks Fifth Avenue store on Feb. 12. According to the New York Daily News, witnesses saw a Ford Escape collide with a delivery truck. The SUV then careened onto the curb and hit the man before coming to a stop against the side of the Fifth Avenue store.
The 89-year-old pedestrian was taken to Bellevue Hospital with a leg injury, reported the NYDN.
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 4,280 pedestrians were killed and approximately 70,000 were injured in U.S. traffic crashes in 2010. Pedestrians age 65-plus accounted for 19% of those pedestrian fatalities and approximately 11% of those pedestrians injured.
Age appears not to be a factor in this accident.
Evaluating Pedestrian vs. Motor Vehicle Accidents in New York
Auto accidents are typically the result of one or more of the following: driver behavior, bad roadway design, equipment failure, and poor roadway maintenance.
Accidents in which an auto driver hits a pedestrian on the sidewalk are most often caused by negligence on the part of the motor vehicle operator. Accident investigators will check for evidence of speeding, drugs, alcohol, distracted driving, and other careless or reckless behavior behind the wheel.
An experienced auto accident lawyer can help individuals who have been involved in serious car accidents get the evidence they need to file a lawsuit for fair compensation.
Depending on the nature of the accident, an accident investigation by an auto accident lawyer may include visits to the accident site. It may also include interviews with witnesses and the parties involved in the accident, collection of testimonies, and an examination of all police reports prepared after the accident. The accident scene may also be documented with photos.
Specifics in vehicular accident investigations may include an examination of the point of impact, as well as a vehicle inspection by a qualified person.
Computer software programs may be used to recreate the accident.
Getting the most compensation following a pedestrian-auto accident
A pedestrian who is injured by a driver will likely file a personal injury lawsuit, especially if he or she did nothing to contribute to the accident. The pedestrian, with the help or a lawyer, can seek to recover compensation for losses caused by the accident.
The lawyer representing the pedestrian will seek to establish the driver’s fault for the accident.
The at-fault driver may be responsible for compensation for all injuries and damages associated with the accident. These damages may include payment for current and future medical treatment, lost wages, pain and suffering caused by the accident, and other relevant losses.
Lawyers at The Perecman Firm have more than 30 years of experience helping victims of auto accidents in New York. To learn more about the rights of injury victims, please visit our New York Pedestrian Accident resource page.