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Pedestrian Dead After Accident Involving Commercial Truck in Parking Lot

A pedestrian died due to injuries sustained in recent accident in a Nesconset parking lot, prompting reminders for drivers and pedestrians alike to always be aware of their surroundings in these areas.

According to police, the driver was in a commercial vehicle moving in reverse in the parking lot of a local business: the Handy Pantry Shopping Center on Smithtown Boulevard. The vehicle struck a man who was walking through the lot at approximately 9:30 a.m. The 68-year-old pedestrian was pronounced dead at the scene when emergency responders arrived. The 30-year-old driver was not injured.

Parking lots prime areas for pedestrian accidents

Parking lots are actually among the most dangerous areas for pedestrians, as they are essentially sharing the roadway with drivers. There are far too many motorists who simply do not take the proper precautions to look where they are going and check to make sure the way is clear before they back out of a spot or turn into an aisle.

Just because these accidents tend to occur at lower speeds does not mean they are not dangerous. It does not take as much speed as one might expect for a vehicle-pedestrian accident to result in catastrophic or fatal injuries, especially if the victim is elderly or otherwise vulnerable.

If you or a loved one have been injured as a pedestrian due to the actions of a negligent driver, consult a knowledgeable personal injury attorney with Jakubowski, Robertson, Maffei, Goldsmith & Tartaglia LLP to learn more about your legal options.