One day after a car fatally hit a pedestrian on a Manhattan sidewalk and injured 5 others after jumping the curb, another NYC driver jumped the curb in Brighton Beach in Brooklyn and killed an elderly pedestrian. The 97-year-old decorated World War II veteran was killed by a 79-year-old driver on the afternoon of Wednesday, April 7th, while the pedestrian was near a bank.
The fatal accident happened in front of the Apple Bank located on Brighton Beach Avenue near 4th Street at around 3:45 p.m. The victim was sitting on his walker in front of the building when the driver of a large Cadillac Escalade SUV pulled out of a parking spot and went over the curb pinning the 97-year-old between the vehicle and the shattered glass doors of the bank. The victim succumbed to his severe injuries at the hospital. An Apple Bank employee commented to the media that the SUV had a handicap sticker in the windshield.
One day earlier in Brooklyn, on Tuesday, April 6th at around 8 a.m., a large SUV collided with a sedan at the intersection of Fourth Avenue and Third Street in Gowanus. Both vehicles ended up flying in different directions. The SUV hit a bicyclist and a scooter rider. All three occupants of the SUV, the scooter rider, and the bicyclist were transported to the hospital to be treated for their injuries. The same day, another pedestrian was seriously injured after a car pulled out of a Manhattan garage and struck her as she was walking on the sidewalk. The 73-year-old victim was transported to the hospital in critical condition after sustaining serious head and leg trauma.
Proving Pedestrian Accident Claims
You may assume that motorists automatically face liability when they hit a pedestrian, but this is not the case. The law requires that any injury victim prove liability before recovering monetary damages. An accident victim must prove that the driver was at fault by showing negligence. They may accuse the motorist of:
- Distracted driving
- Driving under the influence of controlled substances, including alcohol
- Traffic violations
Contact Our New York Accident Attorneys
If you have been injured or have lost a loved one in a motor vehicle accident in New York City, you need to immediately contact an experienced New York City pedestrian accident attorney to protect your legal rights and get you the full compensation that you deserve. For more information or to consult with our legal team, please call Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. at 212-385-4410.