It's hard to imagine why any driver wouldn't be aware of pedestrians on or around roadways, especially in a busy area like Long Island. Even when it's the early morning hours, people are often out and about. They may go to bars or be coming home from work. They might be visiting friends or coming back into town.
Whatever the reason is, pedestrians have as much of a right to be near or on the roads as others under the right conditions. For example, if you're crossing a street, you usually have the right of way, especially when in a crosswalk. Pedestrians should always look for traffic, but in most instances, drivers should be aware of the potential for pedestrians crossing near restaurants and stores.
A Jan. 5 report describes a horrible situation in which a 22-year-old volunteer firefighter struck two people as they walked across East Park Avenue. They were leaving the Half Moon Restaurant and Bar at around 12:30 a.m., when the man struck them with his 1999 Buick.
The two people, a 57-year-old woman and 60-year-old man, were both badly hurt. The woman passed away at the scene, while the man was rushed to the hospital. He had multiple fractures, a lacerated kidney and a broken spine. The police reported that the man was in critical condition, but he had stabilized.
The police reported that the firefighter was responding to a call when the incident occurred, and he said that his blue emergency lights were on. It's not clear if he was using a siren. He did stay at the scene to assist the victims.
If you are injured or someone you love is killed because of the actions of a driver, you have a right to seek compensation. An attorney can provide more information on your legal rights.