An Aug. 29 car accident involving a New York City taxi and a pedestrian has resulted in the pedestrian’s death. The incident occurred at an intersection on the Upper East Side around 2 p.m.

The cab was headed north and attempting to make a left turn while a 58-year-old woman was crossing the street. The taxi struck the woman, and she was thrown underneath the vehicle and dragged for several feet. Around 20 pedestrians at the scene helped flip the cab in an attempt to rescue the woman.

Emergency crews responded to the scene, and the victim was taken to Lenox Hill Hospital, where doctors pronounced her dead. The driver of the cab was uninjured, and the passenger he was transporting had her injuries treated at the scene. At the time of the report, police had not filed any charges connected with the accident.

The aftermath of a fatal motor vehicle accident can be very difficult for the family members of the victim. Family members may wish to seek damages for the expenses, as well as the pain and suffering, they may face following their loss.

In addition to exorbitant medical bills, funeral expenses may be unbearably high following an unexpected death, especially if the victim did not have life insurance. On top of this, if the decedent was a family’s main income earner, the family may suffer from additional financial hardship. A successful wrongful death claim may cover these damages as well as non-ecomonic damages like loss of companionship.

Source: CBS New York, “Pedestrian Struck, Killed By ‘Taxi Of Tomorrow’ On Upper East Side”, August 29, 2014

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