Beatriz Diaz Died In Upper West Side, Manhattan Car Accident Along West 93rd Street
UPPER WEST SIDE, MANHATTAN (January 27, 2022) – A woman identified as Beatriz Diaz has tragically died in a car accident with a white Nissan Van by the intersection of West 93rd Street and Amsterdam Avenue.
New York City police officials are saying that the accident took place around 11:50 a.m. on Monday, January 24th. Beatriz Diaz was in the street when she was hit by a white van that was making a left turn toward Broadway.
Firefighters and paramedics were called to the scene of the collision in order to help the victim. Paramedics began life-saving measures before transporting Beatriz Diaz to Roosevelt Hospital.
A full investigation into the crash remains ongoing at this time.
Liability In Upper West Side Pedestrian Accidents
Car accidents are one of the leading sources of serious injury and death in New York. According to the New York Department of Health, “On average there were 312 deaths each year due to motor vehicle traffic-related pedestrian injuries, killing 1.6 of every 100,000 New Yorkers. The rates were highest for males and New Yorkers 65 and older.” Elderly pedestrians and small children tend to be at the greatest risk of being involved in collisions. There are a number of steps that cities can take in order to reduce pedestrian accidents:
- Cities should study intersections and roadways that have a history of collision.
- Intersections should be well lit to illuminate pedestrians.
- Police officers should heavily enforce traffic laws likely to result in pedestrian collisions.
All drivers must exercise due care in order to avoid hitting pedestrians. Pursuant to New York Vehicle & Traffic Law § 1146(a), drivers must take steps to avoid pedestrians, bicyclists and domestic animals in the roadway. Drivers must also yield to pedestrians close enough so as to pose a hazard before turning onto a different roadway. Depending on the specific facts of any case, liability for a pedestrian collision could extend beyond any driver.
If the driver of a van 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 negligent actions of their employees – insofar as the tortious conduct was reasonably foreseeable. Many vans are used for transportation services. It’s important to determine the employment status of a driver at the time of a collision. There are a number of other steps that should be taken.
- Surveillance footage should be sought.
- Eye witnesses should be interviewed.
- Medical records should be preserved.
The family of any victim that died in a collision may be able to seek justice through a wrongful death claim. Damages can help cover lost wages, medical bills and funeral costs. Sadly, though, insurance companies will often fight hard to deny liability for any collision. A New York City wrongful death attorney can examine all of the facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.
Investigating An Upper West Side Pedestrian Accident
We at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. extend our deepest condolences to the family of Beatriz Diaz. Any person that may have information about what happened should reach out to police. There needs to be some accountability for the sake of all who have lost so much. The vast majority of pedestrian accidents are totally preventable.
Do you need more information about an accident that took place in the Upper West Side? 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 negligent drivers are held to account for their actions. You’re always welcome to reach out to us anytime at (516) 908-9792.