Motorists in New York have an obligation to anticipate the unexpected, including a stalled vehicle on the road. It’s important that drivers leave themselves enough time and pay enough attention, to be able to respond to the scene of the accident. Failure to do so could result in an additional or secondary accident on the roadway.

The long-term head coach of the men’s basketball team for Syracuse, who has led the team to prominence several times over the decades, tragically hit and killed a pedestrian on an Interstate in the upper part of New York. The story has attracted the attention of the national news media.

According to police, the pedestrian had recently been involved in a single vehicle accident. He was in a car that had spun in to the guardrail. He was apparently a passenger in the vehicle that spun and was walking along the side of the road at the time of the second crash involving the basketball coach.

According to reports, the coach came upon the first accident and had to swerve because the disabled vehicle was in his path. Unfortunately, he swerved right into the pedestrian. Rescuers took the victim to the hospital, where he died shortly thereafter.

Police say that they have no reason to suspect drunk driving, as both the coach and the driver of the vehicle that spun were checked via field sobriety tests. Police also indicated that the coach had remained at the scene of the accident and was being cooperative with the police’s ongoing investigation.

Although this seems to have been a sad accident as opposed to the result of recklessness that does not mean that the victim has no right to compensation in this case. Under such circumstances, a victim or the victim’s family may be able to file a personal injury or wrongful death case against negligent driver. This civil action could help hold a negligent party accountable and help with the collection of compensation in order to address losses suffered.