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Teen Killed In Sunnyside, Queens Truck Accident

16-Year-Old Girl Killed, 8-Year-Old Injured In Sunnyside, Queens Truck Accident By The Intersection of 47th Avenue and 46th Street

Teen Killed In Sunnyside, Queens Truck Accident

QUEENS, NEW YORK (June 30, 2024) – A teenage girl has died and an 8-year-old was injured after they were hit by a truck in Sunnyside, Queens, by 47th Avenue and 46th Street.

New York City police officials are saying that the incident took place around 3:37 p.m. on June 26th. Two girls were crossing the street when they were hit by the truck.

Firefighters and paramedics were called to the scene in order to help the victims. Tragically, a 16-year-old girl died due to her injuries.

An 8-year-old girl sustained major injuries to her head and legs. She was taken to the hospital with critical injuries.

The driver of the truck has since been taken into custody. A full investigation remains ongoing at this time.

Liability For Queens Truck Accidents

Truck accidents can weigh tens of thousands of pounds and pose a serious danger to pedestrians. According to the Centers for Disease Control, “Nearly 8,000 pedestrians were killed on our nation’s roads in crashes involving a motor vehicle in 2021. That’s about one death every 66 minutes. One in six people who died in crashes in 2021 were pedestrians.” Truck drivers should take a number of measures in order to avoid hitting pedestrians.

  • Truck drivers should check their blind spots before making turns on the roadway.
  • Truck drivers should abstain from alcohol and other intoxicating substances.
  • Truck drivers should slow down in areas with heavy pedestrian traffic.

All truck drivers have a legal obligation to exercise due care in order to avoid hitting pedestrians. Pursuant to New York Vehicle Code 1146, all drivers must exercise due care to avoid hitting pedestrians, bicyclists, and domestic animals in the roadway. Many pedestrian collisions involve drivers who are not adequately scanning the road ahead of them. When drivers fail to slow down to avoid hitting pedestrians, this could form the basis of a negligence claim. It is important that several steps be taken after any pedestrian collision.

  • Surveillance footage of the collision should be reviewed.
  • Photos of the accident site should be taken.
  • Medical records related to the accident should be preserved.
  • A thorough investigation should be conducted.

Most pedestrian collisions are preventable. The factors that could contribute to any pedestrian collisions can take place hours, days, or even weeks beforehand. Pedestrian collisions are much more likely to take place in dense urban areas. Despite this, it is common for drivers to speed through heavily trafficked intersections, often with fatal consequences. The family of any person who died in a collision may have legal recourse through a civil claim.

Investigating Sunnyside, Queens Truck Accidents

We at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. extend our deepest condolences to the family of the girl who died in this Sunnyside collision. It is our sincere hope that the other girl will be able to make a full recovery. Any person who may have more information about what happened should reach out to the NYPD.

Have you or someone that you care about been injured in a Sunnyside truck accident? You may have legal recourse. Our team of pedestrian accident attorneys is committed to helping accident victims get the support and justice that they deserve. 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.

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Jeff S. Korek

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Jeff S. Korek joined Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. in 1992 as the Senior Trial partner. Known for his meticulous preparation and dedication to his clients, Jeff has obtained some of the state’s highest verdicts and settlements.