Elderly Woman Died In Crown Heights, Brooklyn Truck Accident on St. John’s Place Near Utica Avenue
BROOKLYN, NEW YORK (December 28, 2022) – A 75-year-old woman has tragically died in a Crown Heights, Brooklyn truck accident on St. John’s Place by Utica Avenue.
New York City police officials are saying that the collision took place around 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday. The woman was trying to cross the street when she was hit by a truck.
Firefighters and paramedics were called to the scene of the collision in order to help the victim. Sadly, the woman was pronounced dead at the scene.
No charges have been filed so far. A full investigation remains ongoing.
Liability For Brooklyn Truck Accidents
Pedestrians are particularly vulnerable in accidents involving commercial trucks. According to the IIHS, “A total of 4,014 people died in large truck crashes in 2020. Fifteen percent of these deaths were truck occupants, 68 percent were occupants of cars and other passenger vehicles, and 16 percent were pedestrians, bicyclists or motorcyclists.” The vast majority of pedestrian accidents are preventable. There are a number of steps that truck drivers should take to avoid collisions.
- Truck drivers should be well rested before they start their shift.
- Truck drivers should check their blind spots before turning.
- Truck drivers should abstain from alcohol and other intoxicating substances.
Commercial truck drivers are required to undergo extensive training and must do everything in their power 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. A large number of pedestrian collisions are due to drivers that fail to scan the road ahead of them. When a truck driver fails to slow down to avoid hitting a pedestrian, this could form the basis of a negligence claim. Victims of truck accidents tend to suffer very serious injuries including:
- Broken bones
- Head injuries
- Organ damage
The family of any person that is killed in a truck accident may have legal recourse through a wrongful death claim. Damages in a civil claim can help cover lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. Sadly, though, it is common for truck drivers to deny liability for any pedestrian accident. A wrongful death attorney can examine all of the unique facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.
Investigating A Brooklyn Truck Accident
We at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. extend our deepest condolences to the family of the woman that died in this Crown Heights 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 Brooklyn truck accident? Our team of pedestrian safety advocates are here to help in any way that we can. 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 a free, independent investigation into an accident we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at 800-529-9997.