A pedestrian was fatally hit by a driver of a van who had moments before crashed his car into a supermarket parking lot in Brooklyn, New York. The 65 year old victim was exiting the Costco on Second Avenue and 37th Street when he witnessed a commercial van striking his car and taking off. He got into his car and followed the van to Third Avenue and 65th Street in Bay Ridge. He then got out of his car and approached the van to talk to the van driver. The 55 year old van driver hit him, ran over him and dragged him more than two blocks.
Witnesses in the street were screaming at the van driver to stop and pull over. He kept driving until another driver used his car as a barricade to stop the van. Firefighters had to lift the van to remove the victim. He was ambulanced to a nearby hospital. Unfortunately, he died of serious injuries. The van driver is in police custody.
Shocking Pedestrian Accident Statistics
Every year, thousands of pedestrians are killed in traffic accidents. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2015, 5,376 pedestrians were killed in traffic crashes in the United States. This averages to one-accident-related pedestrian death every 1.6 hours.
Moreover, more than 129,000 pedestrians were treated in emergency rooms for non-fatal traffic accidents the same year. The CDC notes that pedestrians are 1.5 times more likely than passenger vehicle occupants to be killed in a car accident on each trip.
Common Pedestrian Accident Injuries
Pedestrian traffic accidents generally involve serious injuries to the pedestrian. Common injuries include:
Broken or fractured bones
Head injuries, such as traumatic brain injury
Spinal cord injuries
Neck and back injuries
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At Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C., we understand the ramifications of pedestrian accidents on the lives of the victims and their loved ones. When you are injured as a pedestrian, you need to hire an experienced New York pedestrian accident attorney to protect your legal rights.
The attorneys at Gersowitz Libo & Korek P.C. have more than 30 years of experience and knowledge to aggressively fight for your rights and get you the full extent of monetary compensation that you deserve. To schedule a complimentary consultation with one of our New York pedestrian accident attorneys, please call 1-800-529-9997.