Alissa Kolenovic, 16, Died In Bronx Delivery Truck Accident Near The Intersection of Paulding Avenue and Neill Avenue
BRONX, NEW YORK CITY (May 15, 2022) – A 16-year-old girl identified as Alissa Kolenovic has tragically died in a Bronx delivery truck accident near the intersection of Paulding Avenue and Neill Avenue.
New York City police officials are saying that the collision took place around 8:20 a.m. on Wednesday. Alissa Kolenovic was crossing Paulding Avenue when she was hit by a delivery truck as it turned onto the street.
Firefighters and paramedics were called to the scene of the collision in order to help the victim. Alissa Kolenovic was transported to the Jacobi Medical Center in order to receive treatment.
Despite the best efforts of medical staff, she died due to the severity of her injuries. The driver of the delivery truck remained at the scene and cooperated with police.
A full investigation into the collision remains ongoing at this time.
Liability In Bronx Delivery Truck Accidents
Over 80% of all the goods that are bought and sold across the United States spend some amount of time on commercial trucks. According to the CDC, “On average, a long-haul trucker works 60 hours per week and drives more than 107,000 miles per year. They are at risk of drowsy and distracted driving, and the consequences can be fatal.” Indeed, nearly 4,000 people are killed every year in semi-truck accidents. There are a number of steps that truck drivers should take in order to avoid collisions.
- Truck drivers should be adequately rested before the start of their shift.
- Truck drivers should plan their route in advance.
- Truck drivers should take periodic breaks during their shift.
- Truck drivers should make sure their vehicles are properly maintained.
All truck drivers must exercise due care in order to avoid hitting pedestrians. Pursuant to New York Vehicle & Traffic Law § 1146(a), drivers must take action to avoid pedestrians, bicyclists and domestic animals in the roadway. They must yield to any pedestrian lawfully in a marked crosswalk. One of the major shortcomings of commercial trucks is that they have large blind spots. Many truck drivers fail to check their blind spots and hit pedestrians as they are making a turn.
If a truck driver was working at the time of a collision, the company that they were working for could be held at fault. Generally speaking, companies are liable for the wrongful actions of their employees – insofar as those employees were working within the course and scope of their job duties. For example, a truck driver may have been making deliveries when they hit someone. There are a number of steps that should be taken after any delivery truck accident.
- Surveillance footage of the accident should be sought.
- Medical records should be preserved.
- Eye witnesses should be interviewed.
- Photos of the accident site should be taken.
The family of any victim that died in a car accident may have legal recourse through a wrongful death claim. Damages in a civil claim can help cover lost wages, medical bills and funeral expenses. Potential beneficiaries in a civil claim will typically include a victim’s spouse, siblings or parents. Sadly, truck companies will often fight hard to deny liability for any accident. This is why it’s so important that all evidence is properly preserved.
Investigating A Bronx Delivery Truck Accident
We at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. extend our deepest condolences to the family of Alissa Kolenovic. Any person that may have more information about what happened should reach out to police. There are a number of questions that need to be answered. Was the truck driver involved in this crash distracted? Were they speeding? Did they check their blind spots?
Do you need more information about a Bronx delivery truck accident? Our team of pedestrian safety advocates are here to answer any questions that you may have. We care deeply that accident victims get the information and support that they are entitled to under the law. Whether you just have legal questions or need a free, independent investigation into an accident we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (516) 908-9792.