Pedestrian Died In New Cassel Collision With Van By the Intersection of Old Country Road and Hilton Street
NASSAU COUNTY, NEW YORK (October 13, 2021) – A pedestrian has tragically died after being hit by a van in New Cassel near the intersection of Old Country Road and Hilton Street.
Nassau County police officials are saying that the collision took place around 4:35 a.m. on Monday, October 11th. A 65-year-old man was operating a gray van when they collided with a pedestrian in the roadway.
Firefighters and paramedics were called to the scene of the collision in order to help the victim. Despite the best efforts of first responders, the pedestrian was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police interviewed the driver of the van who remained at the scene. A full investigation into the cause of the New Cassel pedestrian accident remains ongoing at this time.
Liability In Nassau County Car Accidents
It has been estimated that nearly 6,000 pedestrians are killed every year in vehicle collisions across the United States. According to the Centers For Disease Control, 137,000 pedestrians are treated in emergency departments every year. Nearly half, 47%, of all pedestrian collisions involve the use of alcohol. There are many other factors that could potentially influence the likelihood of a pedestrian collision.
- Speeding: Pedestrians can emerge from any spot in the roadway and drivers are much less capable of controlling their vehicle when they are speeding.
- Drug Use: Even prescription medications such as benzodiazepines can seriously impair a person’s ability to operate their vehicle safely.
- Fatigue: Staying awake for only 18 hours can reduce a person’s ability to operate their vehicle equivalent to driving with a BAC of 0.05%.
All drivers have a legal responsibility to exercise due care in order to avoid hitting pedestrians in the roadway. According to New York Vehicle & Traffic Law § 1146(a), drivers must yield the right of way to any pedestrian, bicyclist or domestic animal close enough in the roadway so as to pose a hazard. They should also use their horn when appropriate to give warning about their presence. When a driver fails to exercise due care and hits a pedestrian they could be found at fault in the event of a collision.
Depending on the specific facts of any case, liability for a collision could extend beyond any driver. For example, if the driver of a van was working at the time of a collision the company that they were working for could be held at fault. Generally speaking, companies will be vicariously liable for the negligent actions of their drivers – insofar as those drivers were working within the course and scope of their job duties. Victims of pedestrian collisions tend to suffer very costly and serious injuries including:
- Broken bones
- Head injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Organ damage
When a pedestrian is killed in a car accident their family may be able to seek justice through a wrongful death claim. Damages in a civil claim can help with the expenses that often come with the sudden and tragic loss of a loved one. Following any collision, it’s important that no stone is left unturned. There should be a thorough investigation into the circumstances leading up to an accident. A New York pedestrian accident attorney can examine all of the specific facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.
Investigating A Nassau County Car Accident
We at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. extend our deepest condolences to the family of the victim that died in this accident. Any person that may have information about what happened should reach out to police officials. It is our sincere hope that steps are taken to make this intersection safer for all of the pedestrians that must cross it.
This accident in New Cassel raises a number of security concerns. How many accidents have happened on this stretch of road? Is the roadway properly lit to reveal pedestrians? Could this tragedy have been prevented? The vast majority of pedestrian accidents are preventable when drivers slow down. Getting to your destination slightly faster is never worth it when it endangers other drivers and pedestrians.