Paul Dowd Died In Westmoreland Car Accident Along State Route 233
WESTMORELAND, NEW YORK (March 3, 2022) – A pedestrian identified as Paul Dowd has tragically died in a car accident on State route 233.
Oneida County police officials are saying that the accident took place around 9:00 a.m. on Thursday. Paul Dowd was crossing the road when they were hit by a car.
Firefighters and paramedics were called to the scene of the collision in order to help the victim. Life-saving measures were taken to save Paul Dowd, but they died due to the severity of their injuries.
A full investigation into the collision remains ongoing at this time.
Liability In Westmoreland Pedestrian Accidents
Thousands of pedestrians are seriously injured or killed in pedestrian accidents every year. According to the Centers for Disease Control, an estimated 137,000 pedestrians were treated in emergency departments for crash related injuries. Nearly a third of fatal pedestrian accidents involve an intoxicated driver. There are many other factors that could potentially contribute to a pedestrian collision including:
- Driver distraction
- Inclement weather
- Driver fatigue
- Heavy Traffic
Drivers have a legal obligation to exercise due care in order to avoid hitting pedestrians. Pursuant to New York Vehicle & Traffic Law § 1146(a), all drivers must take measures to avoid hitting pedestrians, bicyclists and domestic animals in the roadway. Many collisions are due to drivers that are speeding. There are a number of steps that should be taken after any pedestrian accident.
- Surveillance footage should be sought.
- Medical records should be preserved.
- Eye witnesses should be interviewed.
- A thorough, independent investigation should be conducted.
The family of any victim that died in a car accident may have legal recourse through a bodily injury claim. Damages can help cover lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. A wrongful death attorney can examine all of the facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are. There are, however, statute of limitations associated with civil claims.
Investigating A Westmoreland Pedestrian Accident
We at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. extend our deepest condolences to the family of Paul Dowd. Any person that may have more information about what happened should reach out to police. There needs to be a thorough investigation for the sake of all who have lost so much.
Do you need more information about a pedestrian accident? Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any questions that you may have. We care deeply that accident victims are aware of their rights and that those rights are being protected. Whether you just have legal questions or need more information about an accident we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (516) 908-9792.