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Call for safety steps to stop car accidents after child’s death

On Behalf of | May 7, 2019 | Car Accidents

A New York family has to deal with the trauma of the death of their child who was struck by a car. This tragedy led to a call by elected officials for improved safety that might prevent car accidents at the specific intersection. Reportedly, the accident happened at approximately 12:45 p.m. on a recent Thursday.

According to an accident report, a mother and two children were in the crosswalk at an intersection when the incident occurred. Further information came from video surveillance that shows the 3-year-old boy on a scooter with his mother following closely with an infant. Reportedly, a 61-year-old driver of a van struck the child on the scooter.

A police report indicates that officers arrived at the scene to find the child with head and torso trauma. Paramedics rushed him to a hospital. Sadly, he soon succumbed to his injuries. Police say the driver who struck the child remained at the accident scene. He was arrested and is accused of failing to exercise due care and failing to yield.

Whenever a driver’s negligence causes the death of a pedestrian, the New York civil justice system allows the surviving family members to pursue financial relief. In this case, the parents of the young child will likely be advised to retain legal counsel. An attorney with experience in dealing with personal injury and wrongful death claims with regard to car accidents can provide the necessary support and guidance throughout the legal proceedings in pursuit of recovery of medical expenses and other documented monetary damages. 


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