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Pedestrian Killed In Uniondale Car Accident With Unmarked Patrol Vehicle on Front Street

46-Year-Old Pedestrian Died In Uniondale Car Accident With An Unmarked Patrol Vehicle Along Front StreetPedestrian Killed In Uniondale Car Accident With Unmarked Patrol Vehicle on Front Street

UNIONDALE, NEW YORK (November 21, 2022) – A pedestrian has tragically died in a Uniondale car accident with an unmarked patrol vehicle on Front Street.

Nassau County officials are saying that the accident took place around 9:26 p.m. on Saturday, November 19, 2022. A pedestrian was crossing the road at the intersection of New York Avenue when they were struck by an unmarked Nassau County police vehicle.

Paramedics were called to the scene in order to help the victim. The pedestrian was taken to the hospital with critical injuries.

Despite the best efforts of doctors and nurses, they were pronounced dead at the hospital. A full investigation into the crash remains ongoing at this time.

Liability For Uniondale Police Car Accidents

Pedestrians are uniquely vulnerable in car accidents. They lack the protection of enclosed vehicles and are far more likely to be overlooked. According to the Centers for Disease Control, “More than 7,000 pedestrians were killed on our nation’s roads in crashes involving a motor vehicle in 2020. That’s about one death every 75 minutes. One in six people who died in crashes in 2020 were pedestrians.” There are a number of steps that drivers should take in order to avoid hitting pedestrians.

  • Drivers should slow down in areas with heavy pedestrian traffic.
  • Drivers should check their blind spots before making turns.
  • Drivers should continuously scan the road ahead of them for hazards.

According to New York Vehicle and Traffic Law 1104(e), the drivers of authorized emergency vehicles have a duty to operate their vehicle with due regard for the safety of all persons. This is true even when an officer is responding to an emergency. When an officer shows a “reckless disregard” for the safety of others they could be liable for an accident during an authorized emergency trip. The New York Court of Appeals held that officers show “reckless disregard” when they consciously disregard a known grave risk, which was likely to result in harm to others.

When an officer is not responding to an emergency, they must obey all traffic regulations like any other driver. Pursuant to New York Vehicle Code 1146, all drivers must exercise due care in order to avoid hitting pedestrians, bicyclists and domestic animals in the roadway. If a driver fails to reduce their speed in order to avoid a collision, this could form the basis of a negligence claim. Victims of pedestrian accidents tend to suffer very serious and costly injuries including:

  • Broken bones
  • Head injuries
  • Lacerations
  • Spinal cord injuries

When a police officer is negligent, the department that they worked for could be held at fault. The family of any person that is killed in a police vehicle accident may have legal recourse through a wrongful death claim. Damages in a civil claim can help cover many of the expenses that can come with the sudden loss of a loved one. A wrongful death attorney can examine all of the unique facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.

Investigating A Nassau County Police Vehicle Accident

We at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. extend our deepest condolences to the family of the pedestrian that died in this Uniondale collision. Any person that may have more information about what happened should reach out to investigators. There needs to be a thorough investigation into what happened for the sake of the victim’s family.

Do you need more information about a Nassau County police vehicle accident? Our team of pedestrian safety advocates 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 a free, independent investigation into a collision we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (516) 908-9792.

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