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Car accidents: Child struck while walking to school

It is never easy for parents to learn that a vehicle struck their child. Many car accidents in New York involve drivers who failed to keep a lookout for children. On a recent Wednesday, an 11-year-old boy and a friend were heading to school in Binghamton. In an accident of which very few details were reported, a car hit the young pedestrian.

According to a preliminary report by the New York State Police, the incident occurred at approximately 7:30 a.m. on Route 7. Reportedly, the two pedestrians attempted to cross the street in a work zone. The circumstances that led to the car striking the boy is still under investigation. Troopers say no citations were issued at that time.

Only the one boy suffered injuries, and emergency workers rushed him to a medical facility. However, due to the severity of his injuries, he was later transferred by air to Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse, where he reportedly remained in a critical condition. There is no indication about who was at fault.

Whenever children are injured in car accidents, establishing negligence on the part of the vehicle operators could be challenging. For that reason, parents usually seek the support and guidance of an experienced New York personal injury attorney. A lawyer can launch an independent investigation and might even call in the services of an accident reconstruction team to learn the details of the crash. A lawyer can then determine whether there is a viable claim to file in the civil court. Such a lawsuit might lead to a monetary judgment to cover medical expenses and other non-economic damages.

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