86-Year-Old Man Identified As Alfred Piretto Died In Franklin Square, Long Island Box Truck Accident By The Intersection of Franklin Avenue and Hempstead Turnpike
LONG ISLAND, NEW YORK (November 20, 2021) – An elderly pedestrian identified as Alfred Piretto has died in a Franklin Square box truck accident near the intersection of Franklin Avenue and Hempstead Turnpike.
Nassau County police officials are saying that the collision took place around 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, November 16th. Alfred Piretto was trying to cross the busy intersection when he was struck by a 34-year-old driver in a box truck.
Firefighters and paramedics were called to the scene of the Franklin Square collision in order to help the victim. Alfred Piretto was taken to a nearby hospital in order to receive treatment. Sadly, he died six days after being admitted to the hospital.
It remains unclear if the driver of the box truck will receive any citations following the Franklin Square accident.
Liability In Long Island Truck Accidents
Car accidents remain one of the leading causes of serious injury and death in the United States. Every year nearly 36,000 people are killed in car accidents and around 4,000 of those collisions involve commercial trucks. According to one report from the New York City Department of Transportation, “Pedestrians are 10 times more likely to die than a motor vehicle occupant in the event of a crash. Serious pedestrian crashes are about two-thirds deadlier on major street corridors than on smaller local streets.” There are a number of factors that could potentially contribute to a pedestrian collision.
- Driver distraction
- Driver fatigue
- Inclement weather
- Driver intoxication
Drivers of commercial trucks must get a commercial driver’s license and are held to a high standard in terms of safety. According to New York Vehicle & Traffic Law § 1146(a), drivers must exercise due care in order to avoid hitting pedestrians, bicyclists and domestic animals in the roadway. Drivers should also use their horn in order to alert pedestrians and other drivers of their presence. A large number of pedestrian collisions are due to drivers that make dangerous turns.
Commercial trucks tend to have large blind spots and it’s easy for a commercial driver to overlook a pedestrian prior to a crash. Pursuant to New York Vehicle & Traffic Law § 1163, “No person shall turn a vehicle at an intersection […] or move right or left upon a roadway unless and until such movement can be made with reasonable safety.” When a truck driver is negligent and hits a pedestrian they or the company that they’re working for could be held legally responsible. Victims of truck accidents tend to suffer very serious and costly injuries including:
- Broken bones
- Head injuries
- Organ damage
- Spinal cord injuries
The FMCSA requires commercial trucks to carry between $750,00 – $5,000,000 worth of liability coverage. Any person that is injured due to the negligence of a truck driver may be able to seek justice through a bodily injury claim. Damages can help cover lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. A truck accident attorney can examine all of the unique facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.
Investigating A Long Island Truck Accident
We at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. extend our deepest condolences to the family of Alfred Piretto who died in this Franklin Square collision. Any person that may have more information about what happened should reach out to authorities. There needs to be some accountability for the sake of the victim. Was the driver of the box truck distracted prior to the collision? Is there a history of collisions at this intersection? Could this accident have been prevented? The vast majority of pedestrian accidents can be prevented when drivers slow down and properly scan the road ahead of them. But far too often quick deliveries are favored in a way that puts the safety and lives of pedestrians at risk.
Do you need more information about a Long Island truck accident? Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any questions that you may have. We care deeply that accident victims are aware of their rights and that cities are doing everything in their power to protect pedestrians. Whether you just have legal questions or need a free, independent investigation into an accident we are here for you. You’re always welcome to reach out to us anytime at (516) 908-9792.