Unusual Accident Kills Pedestrian Walking to Store

When you take an evening walk or walk to the store, you likely don’t think that you’ll be the victim of a car accident, and you certainly don’t think it will be the last walk you take. But, one woman in upstate New York took her final walk last week on her way from the store.

According to the Associated Press, 35-year old Tabitha Harris was walking home from the store in Manchester when she became the victim of an unusual accident. Ms. Harris was not hit randomly by a lone car, but was the victim of a two-vehicle accident. She happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.

A van traveling on the road crossed the center line and struck an SUV pulling a trailer. The SUV lost control, and the trailer they were pulling hit Harris.

The van driver was ticketed for failing to keep right and the investigation is ongoing.

This accident represents a common scenario in New York, particularly within the city. While it’s more unusual to hear of pedestrian accidents in rural areas upstate, they are far more common within the crowded streets of NYC.

What happens when a pedestrian is seriously injured in a car accident depends on the facts of the case. While some believe criminal charges should always be brought when someone is accused of hitting someone with their car, such accidents don’t always equal a criminal violation. But, even when they do, charges aren’t always brought.

Frequently, instead, accident victims are left seeking justice in the civil courts.

If you or someone you love is involved in a pedestrian accident, you could be entitled to compensation for the resulting injuries. This can be done by filing a claim with the driver’s insurance company or, as a last result, taking them to court.

Accidents like this are frequently very traumatic, and the repercussions don’t end at the hospital. Costly medical bills, ongoing treatment, and the inability to work are just a few of the things that can continue to impact you for months and even years after an accident is over. This is precisely why you deserve justice.