In a high-traffic and densely populated city like New York City, being a pedestrian is a dangerous business. According to the New York Department of Transportation, in a three-year period more than 400 pedestrians lost their lives due to accidents on the streets of New York.
Recently, another New York pedestrian died when a bus accident killed a 54-year-old Queens woman. The fatal bus crash occurred when the victim was crossing at an intersection in Queens. Just as the woman was crossing, a Nassau Inter-County Express bus turned onto the street, hitting and killing her. According to one witness, the victim had a walk signal at the time she was crossing the intersection.
The bus driver, a 52-year-old man, is being investigated. The police reportedly ruled out criminal charges but the driver did submit to drug and alcohol tests, the results of which are not yet available.
The death of a loved one takes both an emotional and financial toll on a family. Oftentimes, if it's found that the death is a result of negligence, surviving family members are entitled to compensation for costs related to the accident. Some of those costs are to cover medical or funeral expenses and others are meant to address pain and suffering and loss of future wages.
This recent accident in Queens is a reminder that pedestrians are no match for motor vehicles, regardless of whether pedestrians obey walk signals and follow all the rules. In a city like New York, pedestrians are always vulnerable and tragic accidents continue to occur.
Source: New York Daily News, "Female pedestrian fatally struck by bus in Queens," Clare Trapasso and Shayna Jacobs, Oct. 14, 2012