Another serious pedestrian accident has been reported in New York City. This time, an unidentified man was struck by one or maybe two vehicles in Tribeca on Friday, July 15, 2016. According to a report by the New York Daily News, the accident occurred on Canal St. near West Broadway at around 4:40 a.m. The victim was taken via ambulance to Bellevue Hospital in serious condition. One of the vehicles remained at the scene, while the other unidentified vehicle apparently fled the scene of the accident.
Due to New York City's massive size and heavy traffic, accidents causing severe injury to pedestrians occur frequently. Injuries to pedestrians who have been hit by a vehicle are often debilitating. Common injuries include broken bones, internal bleeding, and brain damage. Furthermore, pedestrians represent half of the fatalities caused by traffic accidents in New York City.
A study by the New York City Department of Transportation from 1996 through 2005 found that 1,944 pedestrians were killed in traffic accidents. The injuries suffered by a pedestrian who has been hit by a vehicle may permanently alter the course of their life. As a result, injured pedestrians may have grounds to collect compensation for their injuries if the traffic accident was caused by the vehicle operator's negligence.
At Queller, Fisher, Washor, Fuchs & Kool, our New York City pedestrian accident lawyers have been defending the rights of traffic accident victims for over 50 years. Our attorneys understand the physical hardships that can follow a pedestrian accident. We are committed to doing whatever we can to aid in our clients' path to recovery.