A tragic truck accident in New York City has claimed the life of an unidentified man last month. The collision happened around 7 AM near the intersection of Webster Avenue and East 193rd Street in the Bronx. Police investigating the fatal pedestrian accident haven’t yet released many details but it appears as if the victim was crossing the street when the truck drove into him.
When EMTs arrive on scene they found the victim on the ground suffering multiple contusions. While they tried to revive him at the scene, he was declared dead where he lay. Police immediately cordoned off the street and began reconstructing the crash.
Trucks are one of the most common vehicles involved in pedestrian accidents in New York City. These large vehicles are ungainly, hard to maneuver down tight city streets, and “stick out” so that drivers strike cyclists and people on foot with the back ends of the cargo box. Often these crashes occur when drivers attempt turns and lane changes. These types of blind collisions have claimed multiple lives in just the past couple years.
Many times the driver doesn’t even know they’ve struck a pedestrian until bystanders stop them. While they may not face criminal charges pertaining to an accidental death, they-and the companies they drive for-may still be held liable for a victim’s death in civil court. Accident victims can bring claims against truck drivers and owners for pain and suffering, unpaid medical expenses and lost wages. Surviving dependents can bring claims for pain and suffering for the time the victim survived after the crash, funeral expenses and the amount of money the victim would have contributed to the household during his lifetime.
If you’ve been struck by a truck while walking down the street, crossing the road, or riding your bike, call an experienced truck accident attorney in New York immediately. Call The Law Offices of Nussin S. Fogel at 800-734-9338 and 212-385-1122 for your free consultation.