An accident involving a pedestrian can easily lead to injuries due to the fact that pedestrians do not have protection against the force of a vehicle. When pedestrian accidents occur and a pedestrian is left with injuries, the victim may have legal options so as to pursue compensation. One recent car accident involving a man walking his dog in New York ended in his injury and the death of his pet.
The accident occurred early on a Sunday morning. The man, who was 74 years old, was walking his dog. As the man walked, a car came around a curve and hit him and the dog. The dog died as a result of the accident and the man suffered injuries.
The 74-year-old victim sustained injuries that were said to be serious. He was transported to an area hospital for treatment of those injuries. The man who hit him and the dog was 24 years old. Police have said that the driver did not see the man and his dog due to the sun impairing his sight. He was not ticketed for the incident.
The victim of this pedestrian accident is sure to accumulate medical bills as he seeks treatment for injuries. Those medical bills can be financially crippling. Despite the lack of a traffic or criminal violation being issued by authorities, pedestrian accidents in New York that result in injuries can still lead to a personal injury suit in a civil court. In this case, or other similar cases, a personal injury claim may lead to the awarding of compensation that could alleviate the strain of those medical bills or other expenses related to the accident.
Source: dailyjournal.net, "Man, 74, suffers serious injuries when he's hit by car while walking dog in central New York", Nov. 9, 2015