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Kala Santiago Killed In Brooklyn Truck Accident On Parkside Avenue

Kala Santiago Died In Brooklyn Truck Accident While Riding Bicycle On Parkside Avenue Outside of Prospect Park

Kala Santiago Killed In Brooklyn Truck Accident On Parkside Avenue

BROOKLYN, NEW YORK (October 17, 2022) – A bicyclist identified as Kala Santiago was killed in a Brooklyn truck accident along Parkside Avenue near Prospect Park.

New York City police officials are saying that the accident took place around 7:00 a.m. on Wednesday. Kala Santiago was riding her bicycle off Parade Place when she was run over by the tires of a truck.

Firefighters and paramedics were called to the scene of the collision in order to help the bicyclist. Sadly, Kala Santiago was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police officers interviewed the driver but have declined to press charges. A full investigation remains ongoing at this time.

Liability For Brooklyn Truck Accidents

Commercial trucks can be particularly dangerous to pedestrians and bicyclists. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration FMCSA, “In 2019, 4,805 large trucks were involved in fatal crashes. According to MCMIS, 60,744 large trucks were involved in injury crashes, and 110,256 were involved in towaway crashes.” There are a number of steps that drivers should take in order to help avoid hitting bicyclists.

  • Drivers should check their blind spots before making terms.
  • Drivers should abstain from alcohol and other intoxicating substances.
  • Drivers should slow down in areas with heavy pedestrian traffic.

Truck drivers will typically need to get a commercial driver’s license and are held to a high standard in terms of safety. Pursuant to New York Vehicle & Traffic Law § 1146(a), all drivers must exercise due care to avoid hitting pedestrians, bicyclists, and domestic animals in the roadway. If a truck driver fails to slow down to avoid hitting a bicyclist, this could form the basis of a negligence claim. Depending on the facts of any case, liability for a truck accident could extend beyond any driver.

If a truck driver was working at the time of a collision, the company that they were working for could be held at fault. In general, 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. However, truck companies will often try to avoid liability for crashes by hiring truck drivers as “independent contractors.” There are a number of steps that should be taken after any truck accident.

  • Photos of the accident site should be taken.
  • Medical records should be preserved.
  • Eye witnesses should be interviewed.
  • A thorough, independent investigation should be conducted.

The family of any bicyclist killed in a truck accident may have legal recourse through a bodily injury claim. Damages in a civil claim can help cover many of the expenses that come with the sudden loss of a loved one. Sadly, truck companies will do everything that they can to avoid responsibility for any collision. This is why it is crucial that all evidence is properly preserved after a crash.

Investigating A Brooklyn Truck Accident

We at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. extend our deepest condolences to the family of Kala Santiago. Any person that may have more information about what happened should reach out to police. There needs to be a thorough investigation for the sake of all who have lost so much.

Do you need more information about a Brooklyn truck accident? Our team of bicycle safety advocates are here to answer any questions that you may have. We care deeply that accident victims are aware of their rights and that those rights are being protected. 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.

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