Brooklyn Trash Truck Accident Killed Electric Scooter Rider By The Intersection of Ditmas Avenue and Rockaway Avenue
BROOKLYN, NEW YORK (January 28, 2022) – The rider of an electric scooter has tragically died after a collision with a garbage truck near the intersection of Ditmas Avenue and Rockaway Avenue.
New York City police officials are saying that the accident took place around 7:51 p.m. on Tuesday. A 55-year-old person was riding an electric scooter when they were hit by a sanitation truck turning onto Rockaway Avenue.
Firefighters and paramedics were called to the scene of the collision in order to help the victim. The scooter rider sustained major injuries and had to be transported to the Brookdale Hospital.
Despite the best efforts of doctors and medical providers, they died due to their injuries. The driver of the sanitation truck remained at the scene and cooperated with police officials.
Liability In Brooklyn Garbage Truck Accidents
Garbage truck collisions are far more common than many people may realize. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) estimates that there are 2,500 garbage truck crashes per year. These crashes result in roughly 100 fatalities and thousands of serious injuries. Pedestrians are particularly vulnerable to garbage trucks. A fully loaded garbage truck can weigh as much as 50,000 lbs. Even a low speed collision can be catastrophic. There are a number of other factors that can make garbage trucks particularly dangerous.
- Garbage trucks tend to have very large blind spots that can obscure the presence of pedestrians.
- Garbage truck drivers are often forced to work long hours and can become fatigued.
- Garbage trucks take much longer to stop than smaller passenger vehicles.
Private garbage truck companies tend to have a much worse safety record than their municipal counterparts. According to one report by ProPublica, garbage truck drivers are often overworked and dangerously fatigued. The article states, “Working 10- to 14-hour days, six days per week, means that no one is ever anything close to rested.” In 2017 alone, 7 people were killed by private garbage trucks. By contrast, public garbage trucks haven’t been involved in a fatal collision since 2014.
Garbage truck drivers have a legal obligation to exercise due care in order to avoid hitting pedestrians. Pursuant to New York Vehicle & Traffic Law § 1146(a), all drivers must take steps to avoid hitting pedestrians, bicyclists and domestic animals in the roadway. According 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.” There are a number of steps that should be taken after a garbage truck accident.
- Photos of the accident should be taken.
- The garbage truck driver should be interviewed.
- Eye witnesses should be interviewed.
- Surveillance footage should be sought.
The family of any victim that died in a Brooklyn garbage truck accident may be able to seek some measure of justice through a wrongful death claim. Damages in a civil claim can help cover lost wages, medical bills and funeral expenses. It is important to act quickly after any accident to preserve evidence. If the garbage truck was owned by a city, plaintiffs must file a notice of claim within 90 days of the accident. A New York City garbage truck accident attorney can examine all of the unique facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.
Investigating A Brooklyn Sanitation Truck Accident
We at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. extend our deepest condolences to the family of the scooter rider that died in this Brooklyn trash truck accident. Any person that may have information about what happened should reach out to police. Was the garbage truck driver properly trained? Were they paying attention? Could this tragedy have been prevented. There needs to be some accountability for the sake of all who have lost so much.
Do you need more information about a Brooklyn garbage 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 negligent drivers are held accountable for their actions. Whether you 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.