Molly Pearson, Who Was Riding A Lime Moped, Died In Williamsburg, Brooklyn Truck Accident By The Intersection of Meeker Avenue By Skillman Avenue
BROOKLYN, NEW YORK (November 3, 2021) – A 24-year-old woman riding a Lime moped identified as Molly Pearson has died in a Brooklyn accident after being run over by a box truck at the intersection of Meeker Avenue and Skillman Avenue.
New York City police officials are saying that the collision took place around 11:15 a.m. on Tuesday, November 2nd. Molly Pearson was crossing the intersection in a Lime moped scooter when she was hit by a box truck making a right turn unto Skillman Avenue. Lime scooters are electric scooters that can be rented through Lime’s app.
Emergency medical services were called to the scene in order to help the victim. Molly Pearson was taken to the Bellevue Hospital in critical condition. She remained in the hospital in critical condition but died four days later.
The driver of the box truck remained at the scene of the collision and cooperated with police. It remains unclear if they will charge the truck driver for running over the woman.
Liability In Brooklyn Truck Accidents Involving A Lime Moped
Companies like Lime and Bird have popularized electric scooters, mopeds and electric bicycles. Anyone with the app can quickly rent a Lime or Bird scooter in the cities where they are available. But this rise in popularity has coincided with a rise in accidents. According to one report from Business Insider, “there have been at least 1,545 accidents in the US involving electric scooters over the past year (2018).” There are a number of factors that could contribute to a scooter accident or its severity.
- Many scooter riders don’t wear helmets nor are helmets commonly provided by companies like Lime and Bird.
- Many drivers speed prior to hitting pedestrians on scooters.
- More than a quarter of all serious car accidents involve the use of alcohol or drugs.
Drivers have a responsibility to yield to pedestrians on scooters that are close enough so as to pose a hazard. Depending on the specific facts of any accident, a driver could be criminally charged for failure to yield. Penalties for failing to yield to a pedestrian can lead to fines up to $1,000 and up to 15 days in jail. This can also lead to someone incurring points on their driver’s license and higher insurance rates.
When a driver is negligent and strikes a pedestrian, they can also be held accountable through a civil claim. Pursuant 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.” One of the main safety failures of commercial trucks is that they have large blind spots. Many right-turn accidents take place when truck drivers fail to check their blind spots.
Companies like Lime and Bird could also be held accountable through a product liability claim. Both companies face mass tort lawsuits for allegedly failing to properly maintain their scooters. The lawsuits point to malfunctioning brakes, sudden acceleration and faulty throttles for injuries sustained by the plaintiffs. Many of the plaintiffs sustained severe injuries and had to undergo multiple surgeries. There are a number of steps that should be taken after any accident in New York City.
- Surveillance footage of the accident should be sought.
- Eye witnesses should be interviewed.
- Medical records should be preserved.
- Driving records of any truck driver should be sought.
Victims of truck accidents are protected by a number of laws. The family of any victim that died in an accident may be able to seek justice through a wrongful death claim. Damages can help cover lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. If an accident victim survived for a period after a collision, their family may also have the ability to pursue a survival action. A survival action can help cover the medical expenses and pain and suffering that a victim incurred from the time of an accident until the time of their death. A New York City 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 Truck Accident
We at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. extend our deepest condolences to the family of Molly Pearson. There needs to be a thorough investigation into what happened. It is our sincere hope that city officials will examine this intersection and consider measures to help make it safer.
This accident also raises a number of safety concerns. What was the truck driver doing prior to the collision? Have there been other accidents at this intersection? Could this accident have been prevented? Most pedestrian collisions can be prevented when drivers properly scan the road ahead of them and follow all traffic laws.