Brooklyn Garbage Truck Accident Killed 62-Year-Old Pedestrian Along Flatbush Avenue Near Atlantic Avenue and Fourth Avenue
BROOKLYN, NEW YORK (March 6, 2022) – A 62-year-old pedestrian has tragically died in a garbage truck accident along Flatbush Avenue by the Barclays Center.
New York City police officials are saying that the accident took place around 3:30 p.m. on Friday. A pedestrian was trying to cross the roadway when they were hit by a private sanitation truck.
First responders were called to the scene of the accident in order to help the victim. Sadly, they were beyond medical aid and died at the scene.
Some Department of Transportation officials are saying that the three-way intersection lacks proper protection for pedestrians. Many local residents are calling the intersection dangerous.
According to data from NYC Crash Mapper, there have been more than 36 crashes and two deaths at the intersection over the last ten years. A full investigation into the crash remains ongoing at this time.
Liability In Brooklyn Garbage Truck Accidents
There is a stark difference in the safety record between private garbage trucks and their public counterparts in New York. According to one report by the New York Times, there were 43 fatal private garbage truck accidents in New York over a 7 year period. During that same period, city owned garbage trucks were only involved in one fatal collision. Private garbage truck companies are pushing drivers to complete their routes as quickly as possible, even when that could lead to accidents. There are a number of steps that can be taken in order to help avoid garbage truck collisions.
- Garbage truck drivers should check their blind spots before turning.
- All garbage truck companies should properly train their drivers.
- Police officials should heavily enforce traffic violations likely to lead to pedestrian collisions.
Garbage truck drivers have a legal obligation to exercise due care in order to avoid hitting pedestrians. Pursuant to New York Vehicle Code 1146, drivers must take measures to avoid hitting pedestrians, bicyclists, and domestic animals in the roadway. When a garbage truck driver is negligent and hits a pedestrian, the company that employed them could also be held at fault. Depending on the facts of any case, a city could also potentially be liable for a pedestrian accident.
Cities and municipalities in New York have a legal responsibility to maintain roads and intersections in a reasonably safe condition. The municipality must have received written notice of the dangerous condition, though there are some exceptions. They must then study the problem and potentially implement measures to fix any dangerous condition. Failure to do this may create the basis for a negligence claim. Victims of garbage truck accidents tend to suffer very serious and costly injuries including:
- Broken bones
- Head injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Organ damage
The family of any victim that died in a garbage truck accident may have legal recourse through a wrongful death claim. Damages in a civil claim can help cover lost wages, medical bills and funeral expenses. It is extremely important that evidence is properly maintained after an accident. Evidence is what will ultimately be used to determine liability. A New York City garbage truck accident attorney can examine all of the facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.
Investigating A New York City Garbage Truck Accident
We at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. extend our deepest condolences to the family of the pedestrian killed in this accident. There needs to be some accountability for the sake of those who have lost so much. It is our sincere hope that city officials will consider measures to help make this stretch of road safer.
Do you need more information about a Brooklyn garbage 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 a free, independent investigation into an accident we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (516) 908-9792.