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Teenager Killed, Another Injured In University Heights Scooter Accident

New York City Police Department Investigating Fatal Scooter Accident In University Heights, The Bronx

Teenager Killed, Another Injured In University Heights Scooter Accident

BRONX, NEW YORK (June 5, 2024) – A teenager tragically died and another was injured in a University Heights, Bronx car accident on University Avenue.

New York City police are saying that the collision took place on Thursday. A 19-year-old was riding a scooter with a 16-year-old girl when they were struck by a Honda Pilot.

Paramedics were called to the scene of the collision in order to help the victims. The 16-year-old girl tragically died due to her injuries.

The 19-year-old was transported to St. Barnabas Hospital with critical injuries. A full investigation into the cause of the collision remains ongoing at this time.

Liability For Bronx Scooter Accidents

Scooters and electric bikes have become incredibly popular. But this rise in popularity has coincided with a rise in accidents. According to one report from Business Insider, “there have been at least 1,545 accidents in the US involving electric scooters over the past year (2018).” There are a number of common causes of scooter accidents.

  • Scooters have a naturally small profile and are more likely to be overlooked by other drivers.
  • Most scooter accidents happen in dense urban areas where there is heavy traffic.
  • A large portion of serious injury and fatal collisions involve drivers who were speeding or intoxicated.

All drivers have a legal obligation to exercise due care in order to avoid hitting pedestrians and scooter riders. Pursuant to New York Vehicle Code 1146, all drivers must exercise due care in order to avoid hitting pedestrians, bicyclists, and domestic animals in the roadway. If a driver fails to slow down in order to avoid hitting scooter drivers, this could form the basis of a negligence claim. It is important to consider the circumstances of any collision.

  • Surveillance footage should be sought.
  • The scooter involved in the crash should be examined.
  • The police report for the collision should be collected.
  • Photos of the accident site should be taken.

The vast majority of scooter accidents are preventable and involve some amount of human error. Sadly, drivers and their insurance providers will often do everything in their power to deny liability for crashes. It is important for accident victims to understand that they do have rights. The family of any person who died in a scooter accident may have legal recourse through a civil claim.

Investigating Bronx Scooter Accidents

We at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. extend our deepest condolences to the family of the girl who died in this crash. It is our sincere hope that the other victim will be able to make a full recovery. There needs to be some accountability for what took place.

Do you need more information about a Bronx scooter accident? Our team of scooter accident attorneys is here to answer any questions that you may have. 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.

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