Chen Mei Pan Died In Brooklyn Pedestrian Accident With Dodge Ram Pickup Truck By The Intersection of 16th Avenue and 85th Street In Bensonhurst
New York City police officials are saying that the collision took place around 10:00 a.m. in Bensonhurst. Chen Mei Pan, 69, was walking home from grocery shopping when she was hit by a 2021 Dodge Ram pickup truck making a left turn.
Firefighters and paramedics helped the grandmother of four after the crash. Chen Pan was taken to the Maimonides Hospital with severe head injuries.
Despite life-saving measures the doctors and nurses were not able to save the victim. She is survived by her son, daughter and four grandkids.
Liability In Bensonhurst, Brooklyn Pedestrian Accidents
There was a sharp decrease in pedestrian accidents in NYC for 2020 as many people remained at home due to the pandemic. As restrictions have loosened and more people are out there has been a predictable increase in collisions. According to one report conducted by the New York Times, drivers are often to blame. Speeding, distracted driving and alcohol use remain serious problems still. There are many steps that cities can take in order to reduce pedestrian collisions.
- Police officials can better enforce the type of traffic violations that lead to pedestrian collisions.
- Cities can also create protected pedestrian / bicycle lanes. These protected lanes have concrete pillars that protect pedestrians from cars.
- City officials can investigate intersections and roads where there is a high concentration of accidents. An investigation can reveal latent safety issues that are contributing to collisions.
All drivers in New York must yield the right of way to pedestrians in marked crosswalks. Sadly, a large number of collisions are due to drivers that make dangerous left turns. According to New York Vehicle & Traffic Law § 1142(b), drivers must stop and yield to pedestrians in marked crosswalks or who are otherwise close enough so as to pose a hazard. Motorists that hit pedestrians may be charged with failure to yield under N.Y. VTL §1142(b) Colliding with a pedestrian in marked crosswalks can be sufficient evidence of failure to yield.
In addition to civil fines and potential criminal charges, drivers that hit pedestrians while making left turns may face civil liability. Liability occurs when a driver is negligent prior to an accident. Moreover, if that driver was working at the time of a collision the company that they worked for can be held at fault. Pickup trucks are often used in construction, landscaping and other commercial projects. There are a number of questions that need to be answered after any accident.
- Was the driver speeding prior to the accident?
- Was there a history of collisions at any particular intersection?
- Were there any eye witnesses that saw the collision?
- Was the driver working at the time of the collision?
The family of any victim that died in a car accident may be able to seek justice through a wrongful death claim. Civil claims can help cover funeral expenses and other items for families that experience financial hardship after a collision. 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. A pedestrian accident attorney can examine the facts of your case free of cost and get to the bottom of what caused an accident.
Investigating A Brooklyn Car Accident
We at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. extend our deepest condolences to the family of Chen Pan. Any person that may have witnessed the crash should speak with NYC police officials. There have been far too many pedestrian collisions this year on our streets. It is our sincere hope that steps will be considered to curb these senseless tragedies. Nearly all pedestrian collisions can be prevented when drivers scan the road ahead and yield before making left turns.