Speeding SUV Kills 3 in New York
This Monday, three women who were part of a local walking club were killed when an out of control SUV collided with their group in Voorheesville, NY. According to police officers, the 55 year older driver in a 2007 Toyota Highlander accelerated off the road and into the group of women who were waiting for a friend outside of St. Matthew’s Roman Catholic Church. The vehicle dragged two bodies with it as it crashed into the church’s bell tower at around 70 or 80 miles per hour.
According to the police, the auto accident may have been caused by the driver’s foot or sandal catching on the gas pedal. As of yesterday, the driver was hospitalized and treated for non-life threatening injuries, and it is too soon to tell whether charges will be brought against her.
The families of the deceased may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the driver if it was indeed her negligence that caused the accident and the women’s deaths. This is one of thousands of pedestrian accidents that occur every year, and in many cases, the driver is responsible for the accident. According to Transportation for America, nearly 50,000 pedestrians are killed annually—the near equivalent of a jumbo jet filled with passengers crashing every month.
However, Toyota has also been involved in a series of accelerator pedal recalls recently, so the blame may fall to the manufacturers under a defective automobile suit. In February of this year, Toyota recalled Highlanders from 2004-2006 because they contained improperly installed carpet retention clips that were interfering with the accelerator pedals.
Whether in personal injury or product liability lawsuits, it is important to have a skilled attorney to represent you and navigate the complexities of your case. You may be able to receive compensation if your loss or injury was caused by another person’s negligence.