When elderly pedestrians are injured by vehicles, their injuries are typically more severe than those suffered by younger victims. One of the New York car accidents that caused injuries to older pedestrians happened in the New York town of DeWitt. It led to the hospitalization of a 77-year-old woman.
According to an accident report, both the New York State Police and officers of DeWitt responded to the incident. Reportedly, the pickup truck struck the woman on a recent Wednesday afternoon. The woman was apparently walking toward the entrance of a store shortly after 4 p.m. when the vehicle knocked her down.
Police reported that the victim was rushed to a regional hospital in Onondaga County. Her condition was reported to be life-threatening. Police remain present at the taped-off area of the accident scene until after 6 p.m., and they said the pickup truck driver was cooperating with the investigation.
Victims of car accidents in New York are entitled to pursue relief to cover financial losses and emotional damages. This applies even if the incident involved the striking of a pedestrian. An injured victim may file a personal injury lawsuit, but negligence on the part of the driver will have to be established. However, when the victim is a pedestrian that was not struck in a crosswalk, proving negligence by a vehicle operator could prove to be a challenging endeavour. Fortunately, the skills of an experienced personal injury attorney are available to assist with this process as well as the presentation of the claim to the court.
Source: syracuse.com, “77-year-old taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries after crash at DeWitt Wegmans“, Chris Libonati, Jan. 11, 2018