Victim Fell Before Being Hit By BMW In Elmhurst
QUEENS, NEW YORK (May 10, 2023) – A pedestrian has tragically died in a Queens car accident near the intersection of 76th Street and Broadway.
New York City police said that the accident took place around 10:50 p.m. on Saturday night. A pedestrian was crossing the road when they fell and were hit by a 2023 BMW.
The BMW was traveling southbound on Broadway when the crash took place. Firefighters and paramedics were called to the scene in order to help the victim.
Despite life-saving measures, the pedestrian died due to the severity of their injuries. A full investigation into the crash on 76th Street remains ongoing at this time.
Liability For Queens Pedestrian Accidents
The vast majority of pedestrian accidents are preventable and involved some amount of human error. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), “Pedestrian motor vehicle crash deaths have increased 59 percent since reaching their low point in 2009 and account for 17 percent of crash fatalities. The rates of pedestrian deaths in motor vehicle crashes per 100,000 people are highest for people ages 20-69.” There are a number of common causes of car accidents.
- Distracted driving
- Inclement weather
- Poor road conditions
All drivers have a legal obligation to exercise due care in order to avoid hitting pedestrians. Pursuant to New York Vehicle Code 1180, no person shall drive a motor vehicle at a speed greater than would be reasonable or safe given the prevailing conditions of the roadway. If a driver fails to slow down to avoid hitting a pedestrian, this could form the basis of a negligence claim. There are a number of steps that should be taken after any car accident.
- Eye witnesses should be interviewed.
- Medical records should be preserved.
- Surveillance footage should be sought.
- A thorough independent investigation should be conducted.
The family of any person that died in a car accident may have legal recourse through a wrongful death claim. Damages in a civil claim can help cover many of the expenses that come with the sudden loss of a loved one. A pedestrian accident attorney can examine all of the unique facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.
Investigating A Queens Pedestrian Accident
We at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. extend our deepest condolences to the family of the pedestrian 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 the victim’s family.
Do you need more information about a Queens pedestrian accident? Our team of pedestrian safety advocates are here for you. We care deeply that accident victims are aware of their rights and that those rights are being protected. Whether you just have legal questions or need any type of support we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (516) 908-9792.