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Elderly man fatally struck by car while he was crossing street

With the number of drivers and vehicles on the road in New York, there is considerable risk for pedestrians and bicyclists that they will be in a motor vehicle accident. Given their vulnerability, people who are hit when they are not protected by a vehicle will often suffer significant injuries and fatalities. Those who are injured or lose a loved one in pedestrian and bicycle accidents must be aware of their rights to seek compensation after catastrophic injury or death in a crash.

A 67-year-old man died when he was hit by a car as he crossed the street. The accident occurred at around 7:30 p.m. when a 45-year-old driver in a Toyota Rav4 hit the man. The driver was heading east and made a right when he hit the man. Emergency services were called and found the victim with a severe head injury. He was taken to the hospital where he died. The driver of the Toyota remained at the scene and was arrested on a charge of failure to yield to a pedestrian who was in the crosswalk.

There are numerous issues that must be considered when there is a pedestrian accident and fatality. If the person survives, there is the likelihood that he or she will need to have a long medical stay, be treated in a variety of ways, have rehabilitative care, and be unable to return to work. With a fatality, the family will no longer have a loved one to depend on and provide companionship. The circumstances of the crash must be considered when deciding whether there is the basis for a legal filing or not.

In this accident, the man who was driving the Toyota received a citation for failing to yield. Since there was an illegal act in this car accident, the deceased man's family should consider a case to receive compensation through a lawsuit. For assistance, they should make certain to contact an attorney to discuss what they should do next.

Source: dnainfo.com, "Uber Driver Arrested After Fatally Hitting Man in Crosswalk, NYPD Says," Katie Honan, Jan. 19, 2017

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