On July 27, 2021, a pedestrian was struck while crossing the Hempstead Turnpike, resulting in her hospitalization. The motorist was a 57-year-old woman driving a 2017 Honda eastbound on the Hempstead Turnpike.
The accident occurred at 10:35 p.m. in the vicinity of a Checker’s restaurant in East Meadow. Nassau County police responded to the scene.
The police reported that the injuries to the pedestrian were significant. The female pedestrian suffered severe head trauma and was rushed by paramedics to a nearby medical facility for emergency treatment. The cause for the crash is unknown. The driver of the vehicle remained at the scene following the accident and spoke with the police. The vehicle was also inspected to determine if a mechanical defect could have been the cause of the collision.
Pedestrian accident statistics in the United States
Pedestrian accidents are an unfortunate reality in New York and across the country. While these accidents are much less common than a collision between two motor vehicles, the outcome is often much worse. Pedestrians have little to no protection from the impact involved in a car crash.
In New York, approximately 312 fatalities result from a collision between a pedestrian and a motor vehicle each year. Pedestrian accidents disproportionally impact males aged 65 and over. Non-fatal pedestrian accidents also can have serious consequences. Approximately 3,000 New Yorkers are hospitalized with injuries each year– more than 15 out of every 100,000.
Nationally, there are nearly 6,000 pedestrian fatalities each year. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), pedestrians are roughly 1.5 percent more likely to be killed than motorists in a traffic accident. Every 88 minutes, an American is killed in a pedestrian traffic accident.
Contact us if you’ve been injured in a pedestrian accident
If you have suffered injuries in a pedestrian accident, you could have a viable legal claim against the driver that struck you. To pursue a personal injury case and recover compensation, schedule a free consultation with Kantrowitz, Goldhamer, and Graifman P.C. as soon as possible.