73-Year-Old Wheelchair Bound Man Killed In Far Rockaway, Queens Truck Accident Near The Intersection of Central Avenue and Naneoke Avenue
QUEENS, NEW YORK CITY (March 23, 2022) – A 73-year-old man in a wheelchair has died after being hit by an unlicensed truck driver by Central Avenue and Naneoke Avenue.
New York City police officials are saying that the accident took place around 9:10 a.m. on Saturday. The 73-year-old man was crossing the intersection when he was hit by a 2013 International Harvester delivery truck.
Firefighters and paramedics were called to the scene of the collision in order to help the victim. Despite life-saving measures, the elderly man in the wheelchair died due to his injuries.
Police arrested the driver of the truck who did not have a license. A full investigation remains ongoing at this time.
Liability In Queens Truck Accidents
Pedestrians are uniquely vulnerable in car accidents. According to the Centers For Disease Control, “an estimated 137,000 pedestrians were treated in emergency departments for nonfatal crash-related injuries in 2017. Per trip, pedestrians are 1.5 times more likely than passenger vehicle occupants to be killed in a car crash.” Pedestrians in wheelchairs are especially vulnerable and more likely to be overlooked due to their small profile. There are a number of factors that could potentially contribute to a semi-truck accident including:
- Distracted driving
- Inclement weather
- Dangerous left turns
Truck drivers that operate commercial vehicles must get a commercial driver’s license (CDL) and are held to a high standard in terms of safety. It is illegal to operate a commercial vehicle without the correct license. Many collisions are due to truck drivers that fail to yield to pedestrians. Pursuant to New York Vehicle Code 1146, all drivers must exercise due care in order to avoid hitting pedestrians, bicyclists and domestic animals in the roadway.
The company that a truck driver worked for could also be held at fault for a collision. Generally speaking, employers are vicariously liable for the negligent actions of their employees. A trucking company could also be held at fault for failing to properly vet drivers and make sure that they have the proper license to complete their jobs. There are a number of steps that should be taken after any truck accident.
- Surveillance footage should be sought.
- Medical records should be preserved.
- Eye witnesses should be interviewed.
- Work records should be examined.
The family of any victim that died in a Queens truck accident may be able to seek some measure of justice through a wrongful death claim. Damages in a civil claim can help cover many of the expenses that can come with the sudden loss of a loved one. Potential beneficiaries of a civil claim will typically include a victim’s next of kin such as their spouse and children. 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 A Queens Truck Accident
We at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. extend our deepest condolences to the family of the man in the wheelchair that died in this accident. Any person that may have information about what happened should reach out to police. It is unacceptable that this truck driver apparently did not have a license. There needs to be a thorough investigation that gets to the bottom of how this came to be.
Do you need more information about a Queens semi-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 to account for their actions. Whether you just have legal questions or need more information about an accident we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (516) 908-9792.