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Michael McCutchan Injured In Greenburgh Car Accident On Interstate 87

Michael McCutchan, 61, of Westbury Critically Injured In Greenburgh Crash With Commercial Van On I-78

Michael McCutchan Injured In Accident With Van On I-78 In Greenburgh

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, NEW YORK (October 21, 2021) – A Good Samaritan identified as Michael McCutchan was seriously injured in a car accident along I-78.

Westchester County police officials are saying that the collision took place around 4:45 a.m. on Wednesday, October 20th. Michael McCutchan was helping two drivers that were involved in a collision in the northbound center lane on the Tappan Zee Bridge – which was renamed the Governor Mario Cuomo Bridge.

The driver of a commercial van struck the victim in the left center lane. Paramedics were called to the scene of the collision in order to help the Good Samaritan.

Michael McCutchan was transported to the Westchester Medical Center with major injuries. This accident comes the same day that Aferdita Bardhi was seriously injured by a commercial van in Guilderland.

A full investigation into the crash remains ongoing at this time.

Liability In Greenburgh Car Accidents

Pedestrians are nearly 1.5 times more likely to be killed in collisions than those in passenger vehicles. According to the National Safety Council, an estimated 7,668 pedestrians died in traffic crashes in 2019. Pedestrian collisions tend to occur on private property such as driveways and parking lots. Accidents are also more likely at non-intersection locations. Victims of pedestrian collisions tend to suffer very serious and costly injuries including:

  • Broken bones
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Lacerations
  • Amputations
  • PTSD

Any person that drives a commercial vehicle in New York state will typically need to get a commercial driver’s license (CDL). CDL holders are held to a high standard and must undergo training to be able to operate their vehicles safely. Pursuant to New York Vehicle & Traffic Law § 1146(a), drivers must exercise due care to avoid hitting pedestrians. When necessary, drivers must also use their horn to alert others of their presence.

Drivers must scan the road ahead of them and drive at a safe speed. According to New York Vehicle & Traffic Law § 1180(a), “No person shall drive a vehicle at a speed greater than is reasonable and prudent under the conditions and having regard to the actual and potential hazards then existing.” There is no reason that a driver should ever hit a stationary pedestrian in the roadway. These types of collisions tend to take place when drivers are speeding or distracted.

When a commercial driver causes an accident, their employer could be held vicariously liable. As a general rule of thumb, companies and municipal entities are liable for the negligent conduct of their employees – as long as the employee’s conduct was reasonably foreseeable and a natural consequence of their job duties. Companies will often employ a number of tactics to evade responsibility for a crash.

  • They may blame the victim.
  • They may try to get the victim to give a statement to their representative.
  • They may downplay the severity of a pedestrian’s injuries.
  • They may say that the pedestrian’s injuries existed prior to the crash.

Any person that is injured in an accident with a commercial driver may be able to seek damages through a bodily injury claim. Damages can help cover lost wages, medical bills as well as pain and suffering. Dealing with the aftermath of a crash can be overwhelming. But it is important to take some time to consider what your legal options are. A New York pedestrian accident attorney can investigate your case free of cost and answer any questions that you may have.

Investigating A Greenburgh Car Accident

We at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. extend our best wishes to Michael McCutchan. Any person that may have information about what happened should reach out to investigators. There needs to be some accountability for what happened. Was the driver involved in this crash speeding? Were they distracted? What were they doing immediately prior to the crash? The vast majority of pedestrian accidents can be prevented when drivers slow down and properly scan the road ahead of them.

Do you need help after being involved in a car accident? Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to help in any way that we can. We care deeply that accident victims get the medical and financial support that they are entitled to under the law. Whether you just have legal questions or need assistance after a collision we are here for you. You’re always welcome to reach out to us anytime at (516) 908-9792.


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