September 4, 2013
The Albany Pedestrian Accident Lawyers with William Mattar Law Offices explain that when a driver is responsible for striking a pedestrian, he or she may be held liable for damages. A jury decides many of these civil cases. However, a settlement is often reached between the parties involved prior to a trial.
One such settlement was recently reached between a former state trooper and the family of a man who was killed after being struck by the ex-trooper’s vehicle. Reports indicate the accident occurred in May 2011 on Route 110 in Fulton County, New York.
According to the Albany Times-Union, the victim was walking home from a bar in the area when a vehicle driven by the former trooper hit him. A passenger in the vehicle called 911 to alert the authorities of the crash, the trooper fled and returned home rather than staying at the scene. Police contacted the driver and tested him for impairment. They found no signs of alcohol intoxication, despite the driver admitting to drinking earlier in the night.
The case was set for trial, but instead the trooper will pay roughly $75,000 in damages to the family of the victim.
William Mattar Law Offices’ team of Albany Personal Injury Lawyers recognizes how difficult the loss of a loved one can be, and they hope this settlement brings closure to the family of the victim.