Man Killed in Nassau County Pedestrian Accident
An 81 year old man recently died in a pedestrian accident on Jerusalem Avenue in Hicksville.
The accident occurred at approximately 7:15 p.m. on Saturday, February 19. According to Nassau County Police, the man was attempting to cross Jerusalem Avenue at Parc Lane when he was hit by a 2005 Honda Civic traveling north, being driven by a 20-year-old man.
The pedestrian sustained significant trauma in multiple injuries. He was transported to a local hospital for treatment but was pronounced dead at the scene.
The driver remained at the scene of the accident and cooperated with police officers who arrived to assist.
Determining liability in pedestrian accident cases
In most pedestrian accident cases, the driver will be the liable party. However, there are some circumstances in which the pedestrian could be the one at fault.
Drivers must always yield to pedestrians who are crossing with a walk signal and those who have the right of way in a crosswalk. Pedestrians do not have the right of way if they have a “wait” or “do not walk” sign. If the crosswalk is in the middle of a block or at an intersection not controlled by a stoplight, a pedestrian in the crosswalk has the right of way in all circumstances.
Even if the pedestrian does not have the right of way, drivers are still responsible for being aware of their surroundings and should slow down or take other measures to avoid the pedestrian if it is at all feasible to do so. Even if the pedestrian is jaywalking, a driver could still bear at least partial responsibility for an accident that occurs.
For more information about the steps you should take if you’ve been injured in a pedestrian accident, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer at Jakubowski, Robertson, Maffei, Goldsmith & Tartaglia LLP.