New Jersey pedestrian stuck and killed by suspected drunk driver
City residents often choose not to drive but, instead, to utilize other means of transportation. Numerous New Jersey locals decide to use the sidewalks as their path to their destinations because these routes often create safe and fast options to get to work, school or stores. Although there are pedestrian crossings and signals for vehicles traveling near these areas, collisions can occur between the two. A pedestrian accident can result in serious injuries and even death because a pedestrian is never a good candidate to stand up to the impact of a motorized vehicle, no matter the speed at which the car is traveling.
Authorities in Hackensack recently reported to the scene of a pedestrian accident. According to preliminary reports, the crash happened around 7:40 in the evening when a vehicle lost control and struck a curb. The driver then allegedly swerved onto the sidewalk where they struck a 28-year-old woman. Emergency crewmembers that responded to the auto-pedestrian accident assessed the woman and transported her to the hospital where she later died.
The driver of the vehicle was suspected to be under the influence and, following the accident, was cited for aggravated assault by automobile and drunk driving. The fatal accident remains under investigation and the driver is jailed on a $75,000 cash bail. The driver could face serious penalties, which could amount to criminal and civil liabilities.
Following a fatal pedestrian accident, the loved ones of the deceased could file a wrongful death claim. The suit would seek to gain compensation in order to recover expenses that arose as a result of the accident. Some examples of these expenses may include death expenses, medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering.
Losing a loved one in an accident can be a tough experience to cope with. In addition to losing a friend or family member much too soon, loved ones often experience financial hardships following the accident. It can be very helpful for those affected to seek guidance. This will not only speed up the process to gain compensation but it could ultimately help with the healing process.
Source: Long Island Newsday, “Woman hit by car on sidewalk dies from injuries,” Aug 25, 2013