William Sousis Jr. Died In Troy Truck Accident Near The Intersection of Hoosick Street and 13th Street
RENSSELAER COUNTY, NEW YORK (November 4, 2021) – A man identified as William Sousis Jr. has tragically died in an accident with a truck along Hoosick Street by 13th Street.
Troy police officials are saying that the collision took place around 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 2nd. William Sousis Jr. was walking along the roadway when he was hit by a passenger truck.
The force of the collision left the pedestrian with serious injuries. Emergency medical services were called to the scene and transported him to the hospital.
Despite the life-saving measures of doctors and staff, William Sousis Jr. died as a result of his injuries. Police interviewed the driver of the truck who remained at the scene.
Liability In Troy Pedestrian Collisions
Pedestrians are uniquely vulnerable in car accidents. They lack the protection of enclosed vehicles and are more likely to be overlooked. According to the New York Department of Health, “On average there were 312 deaths each year due to motor vehicle traffic-related pedestrian injuries, killing 1.6 of every 100,000 New Yorkers. The rates were highest for males and New Yorkers 65 and older.” There are many steps that drivers can take in order to reduce the likelihood of pedestrian collisions.
- Drivers should always slow down during periods of low visibility. Most pedestrian accidents during early morning hours and late in the afternoon when the sun is going down.
- Drivers should abstain from alcohol and prescription medications that could potentially impair them.
- Drivers should use their horn and lights when necessary to alert others of their presence.
Every driver in New York must exercise reasonable caution in order to avoid striking pedestrians in the roadway. This is true even if pedestrians are outside of marked crosswalks. According to New York Vehicle & Traffic Law § 1146(a), drivers must exercise due care to avoid hitting pedestrians, bicyclists and domestic animals in the roadway. When a driver fails to exercise due care and hits a pedestrian they can be held accountable through a civil claim.
Depending on the specific fats of any case, liability for a pedestrian collision could extend to a municipal entity. Municipal entities in New York have a legal obligation to maintain roadways in a reasonably safe condition. When a municipal entity is given written notice about a dangerous condition with a roadway they must take action. They should conduct a study to determine if the roadway should be altered to conform to safety standards. If a municipal entity failed to act after being given written notice of a roadway in a dangerous condition, they could be liable through a civil claim. There are many steps that need to be taken after any pedestrian collision.
- Victims should seek medical care as soon as possible.
- Surveillance footage of the accident should be sought.
- All drivers involved in a crash should be interviewed.
- Medical records related to an accident should be preserved.
The family of any victim that died in a car accident may be able to seek justice through a wrongful death claim. Damages can help cover some of the unexpected expenses that often come with the sudden loss of a loved one. Unfortunately, insurance companies will often do everything that they can to deny responsibility for a collision. A wrongful death attorney can investigate all of the unique facts of your case free of cost and let you know what your legal options are.
Investigating A Troy Pedestrian Accident
We at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. extend our deepest condolences to the family of William Sousis Jr. There needs to be a thorough investigation for the sake of all who have lost so much. Any witnesses that could have useful information should reach out to police.
This tragic accident also raises a number of safety concerns. Was the driver involved in this crash speeding? Were they distracted? Could this tragedy have been prevented? The vast majority of pedestrian collisions can be prevented when drivers scan the road ahead of them and obey all traffic regulations.