Wayne Vega Died In Collision With Hino Box Truck While Riding Scooter Near Hunts Point Coop Market Along Food Center Drive
BRONX, NEW YORK (March 2, 2022) – A 32-year-old man riding a scooter identified as Wayne Vega has tragically died in a collision with a box truck on Food Center Drive.
New York City police officials are saying that the collision took place around 6:15 a.m. on Monday, February 28. Wayne Vega, of East Harlem, was heading east on a Dualtron Ultra scooter when the driver of a Hino box truck made a turn in front of him.
Firefighters and paramedics were called to the scene of the truck accident near the Hunts Point Coop Market. Wayne Vega was taken to Lincoln Hospital in critical condition.
Despite the best efforts of the hospital, he died due to the severity of his injuries. A full investigation into the crash remains ongoing at this time.
Liability In Bronx Box Truck Accidents
As scooter companies like Lime and Bird have grown so to have the number of series accidents and injuries involving scooters. According to Business Insider, “An investigation by Consumer Reports has revealed that there have been at least 1,545 accidents in the US involving electric scooters over the past year.” Scooter riders have a naturally small profile and are more likely to be overlooked by other drivers. There are a number of steps that cities can take in order to help prevent scooter accidents.
- Traffic violations that lead to collisions should be strictly enforced.
- City officials should study roads and intersections with a history of collisions.
- Intersections should be well-lit with a clear line of sight.
Truck drivers must also do their part to avoid collisions. Many truck drivers will need to get a commercial license and are held to a high standard in terms of safety. Serious traffic violations can jeopardize a truck driver’s ability to maintain their license. One of the ways that commercial trucks can be especially dangerous is through their large blind spots. These blind spots are large enough to make an SUV disappear. This is why truck drivers are trained to check their blind spots before making turns.
If a truck driver makes an unprotected turn and collides with a pedestrian or vehicle, they will often be held at fault. Pursuant to New York Vehicle Code § 1163, no person shall turn a vehicle at an intersection or turn onto a private road or driveway unless and until such a movement can be made with reasonable safety. Trucks also have high centers of gravity, which can increase the odds of an underride collision. Depending on the specific facts of any case, liability for an accident could extend beyond any driver.
The company that employed a truck driver could potentially be liable if their driver was negligent. Generally speaking, employers are liable for the negligent actions of their employees – insofar as the tortious conduct was reasonably foreseeable and a natural consequence of the employee’s work. However, many truck companies will try to evade liability by hiring their drivers as “independent contractors.” There are a number of questions that need to be answered after any truck accident.
- Was the truck driver working at the time of the collision?
- Was the truck driver an independent contractor?
- Is there surveillance footage of the accident?
- Did the truck driver receive any citations following the accident?
It can be difficult to know where to begin after any accident. But it’s important for accident victims and their families to understand that they are protected by a number of laws. The family of any victim that died in a car accident may have legal recourse through a wrongful death claim. Damages can help cover many of the unexpected expenses that come with the sudden loss of a love one. Sadly, though, truck companies will fight hard to deny liability for any collision. A New York wrongful death attorney can examine all of the facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.
Investigating A Bronx Truck Accident
We at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. extend our deepest condolences to the family of Wayne Vega. Any person that may have more information about what happened should reach out to police. There needs to be some accountability for what happened for the sake of the victim’s family. It is our sincere hope that city officials will consider measures to prevent additional tragedies along this road.
Do you need more information about an accident that took place in the Bronx? 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’re always welcome to reach out to us anytime at (516) 908-9792.