Most people tend to believe that while traffic tends to be relatively light during the early morning hours, the danger factor is still present because of the increased possibility of impaired motorists being on the road. However, few if any people would ever consider themselves to be at risk while standing on a corner waiting to cross the street regardless of the time of day. Unfortunately, a man standing on a curb over the weekend was hit and killed in a suspected Queens DUI accident, and the driver involved in the crash was subsequently arrested.
According to the authorities, this suspected Queens DUI accident occurred at approximately 3 a.m. yesterday morning. An unidentified 24-year-old man was standing on the corner of 46th Street and Greenpoint Avenue in Sunnyside when the driver of a livery cab that was passing by lost control of his vehicle, hit the man and then continued on to crash into several parked cars. The man was killed as a result of the collision, and the driver of the livery cab was arrested on suspicion of criminally negligent homicide and drunk driving.
New York Pedestrian Accident Statistics
First and foremost, we’d like to offer our most sincere condolences to the family and friends of the young man who was killed in this suspected Queens DUI accident. We also hope that the criminal justice system leads to a fair and just result. In addition, this Queens pedestrian accident will now become part of the overall statistics regarding New York pedestrian accidents. Every year, more than 15,000 of these crashes occur, leading to nearly as many injuries and to more than 300 fatalities.
New York Wrongful Death Lawyers
Clearly, the driver of the livery cab could face serious criminal charges. He could also face a New York wrongful death lawsuit if the family of the man who was killed decides to take such a step. If they do and their case is successful, the family could be awarded damages that compensate them for their losses. If the livery cab driver was on duty at the time for his employer, the situation could include that employer as well in a legal claim.
If you have lost someone you love to a drunk driver, you need to seek the help of New York wrongful death lawyers who have been fighting for the rights of grieving families for more than 40 years. Contact The Fitzgerald Law Firm today to schedule a free initial consultation.