Most drivers realize that traveling on the roads has inherent dangers. All you can do is be as responsible and careful as possible, so you are prepared for the worst. Accidents may still happen, but by remaining alert, you may be able to minimize the damage. But what happens if you are a pedestrian? However careful you might be, there is little you can do when faced with a speeding or out-of-control vehicle.
For one man in Queens, New York, this became a grim reality when a motorist lost control while pulling out of a nearby parking lot. The vehicle collided with a parked car, knocking it over the curb to crash into the unsuspecting pedestrian. He is reported to have struck his head on the sidewalk as he went down.
The incident was still under investigation the following morning. Although the driver of the first car claims that his brakes failed to engage, police are said to have managed to operate them successfully in their subsequent tests. The victim was transported to a hospital where he was reported to be in a critical condition, clinging to life.
Accidents like this are traumatic for all concerned. The victim himself could face a long recovery period, and may have suffered permanent injuries. If you find yourself in a similar position, you might wonder what to do next. Your injuries may prevent you from returning to work, while the cost of repairs and medical bills can soon mount up.
One option is to seek compensation from the responsible driver, or a payout from your insurance provider. An attorney can help you weigh up your options and decide what might be the best course of action for you.
Source: New York Daily News, “Queens man in critical condition after wild accident causes parked car to run him over,” Rocco Parascandola, Laura Bult, Thomas Tracy, Oct. 18, 2014