53-Year-Old Man Died In Brooklyn Car Accident With Police Van Along Easter Parkway
BROOKLYN, NEW YORK (April 15, 2022) – A man has tragically died in a Brooklyn car accident with a police van on Easter Parkway.
New York City police officials are saying that the accident took place around 8:00 p.m. on Thursday. A man was standing in the center median when he was hit by a police car.
Firefighters and paramedics were called to the scene of the collision in order to help the victim. He was taken to the Kings County Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.
A full investigation into the collision remains ongoing at this time.
Liability In Brooklyn Police Car Accidents
Thousands of pedestrians are killed or seriously injured in car accidents every year. 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.” There are a number of factors that could potentially contribute to a pedestrian accident.
- Drunk driving
- Distracted driving
- Inclement weather
- Driver distraction
According to New York Vehicle and Traffic Law 1104(e), all police officers must operate their vehicle with due regard for the safety of all persons. Officers are granted a great deal of immunity if they are responding to an actual emergency. Still, if an officer operates with a “reckless disregard for the safety of others, they could be liable for a crash. If they are not responding to an emergency, they must obey all traffic laws and exercise due care to avoid pedestrians like every other driver. Victims of pedestrian accidents tent to suffer very serious and costly injuries including:
- Broken bones
- Spinal cord injuries
- Head injuries
The family of any victim that died in a car accident may have legal recourse through a wrongful death claim. Damages can help cover lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. A wrongful death attorney can examine all of the facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are. There are, however, statute of limitations associated with civil claims.
Investigating A Brooklyn Police Car Accident
We at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. extend our deepest condolences to the family of the man that died in this collision. 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.
Have you or someone that you love been involved in an accident with a police van? There are a number of laws designed to protect your rights. 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 those rights are being protected. You can reach out to us anytime at (516) 908-9792.