Everyone in the area got a direct reminder of how difficult it can be to get around when a blizzard hits over the past few days, and anyone who left their homes encountered extremely challenging driving conditions. As such, there was a lot of danger involved for anyone who ventured out, and tragically the snowy weather was at least partially to blame for a fatal Poughkeepsie pedestrian accident that occurred on Friday. A 74-year-old man was killed when a driver lost control of her vehicle and hit him.
According to the authorities, this fatal Poughkeepsie pedestrian accident occurred on Friday at approximately 12:30 p.m. An unidentified 74-year-old man was walking near the shoulder of East Cedar Street when an unidentified 18-year-old female lost control of her vehicle and crashed into him. The man was badly injured and he was rushed to a nearby hospital, but he did not survive. The driver claimed to have lost control of the vehicle due to the weather conditions. Police are still investigating the crash.
New York Pedestrian Accident Statistics
First and foremost, we’d like to offer our most sincere condolences to the family and friends of the man who was killed in this Poughkeepsie pedestrian accident, and we hope that the police are able to identify a definitive cause for the crash soon. In addition, this incident 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 Accident Lawyers
While no one would argue that driving has been difficult in the state for the past few days, that doesn’t mean that motorists cannot still act in a negligent manner. If it turns out that the driver was at fault for this Poughkeepsie pedestrian accident, it could lead to the filing of a New York wrongful death lawsuit against that driver by the family of the man who was killed. If such a lawsuit is filed and it’s successful, it could lead to an award of damages that compensates the family for their losses.
If you have lost someone you love in a crash, you need to seek the help of New York accident 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.