Pedestrian Died In Hell’s Kitchen, Manhattan Hit-And-Run Box Truck Accident On West 41st Street by Eight Avenue
MANHATTAN, NEW YORK (October 29, 2021) – A 58-year-old man has tragically died in a Hell’s Kitchen accident after being run over by a box truck that fled the scene near the intersection of 41st Street and Eighth Avenue in Manhattan.
New York City police officials are saying that the accident took place around 8:51 a.m. on Thursday, October 28th. A man was laying underneath a white box truck that was parked before being run over.
The driver of the white box truck left the parking spot and ran over the pedestrian with the truck’s left rear tires. Firefighters and paramedics were called to the scene of the collision in order to help the victim.
The pedestrian was suffering from severe head trauma and later pronounced dead at the scene. A full investigation into the cause of the Manhattan box truck crash remains ongoing at this time.
Liability In New York City Box Truck Accidents
Pedestrians are uniquely vulnerable in car accidents. They lack the protection of enclosed vehicles and are more likely to be overlooked. The CDC estimates that a pedestrian is killed about once every 88 minutes in the United States. Elderly pedestrians and small children are the most at risk. Around 16% of all pedestrian fatalities involve a commercial truck. Factors that could increase the likelihood of a pedestrian accident may include:
- What time of day it is.
- How fast a driver is traveling.
- The conditions of the road.
- How heavy traffic is.
Drivers of commercial trucks must get a commercial license and are held to a high standard in terms of safety. They must exercise due care in order to avoid hitting pedestrians in the roadway. Pursuant to New York Vehicle & Traffic Law § 1146(a), drivers must take action to avoid hitting pedestrians, bicyclists and domestic animals in the roadway. Even if a pedestrian is standing in the middle of the roadway, drivers must do everything they reasonably can to avoid them.
Commercial trucks have large blind spots all over the truck. They are especially pronounced along the sides and back. If a driver cannot visually confirm that their path is clear they should not leave their spot. The fact of the matter is that there are many different safety precautions that truck drivers can take to avoid running someone over. For example, they can inspect their surroundings themselves or a have a spotter do it for them. There is an abundance of technology that truck companies can use to avoid hitting pedestrians.
- Forward collision avoidance systems can cause trucks to automatically brake for vehicles and pedestrians.
- Backup cameras can alert drivers of pedestrians and vehicles behind them.
- Lidar sensors can alert drivers to the the presence of pedestrians and vehicles.
When a truck driver runs over a pedestrian they can be held accountable through a wrongful death claim. Damages in a civil claim can help cover lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. A wrongful death attorney can examine all of the unique facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are. There are, however, statute of limitations associated with civil claims. Failing to act within the statute of limitations may result in a permanent forfeiture of your rights.
Investigating A New York City Box Truck Accident
We at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. extend our deepest condolences to the family of the man killed in this Manhattan accident. Any person that may have information about what happened should reach out to police. There should be a thorough investigation for the sake of all who have lost so much. The truck driver involved in this crash should do the right thing and turn themselves in to the police.
This incident raises a number of safety questions. Did the truck driver realize they hit someone? Did they check their surroundings before pulling away from their parking spot? Could this tragedy have been prevented? It is our sincere hope that steps are taken to prevent additional tragedies like this.