An unusual pedestrian accident in Chelsea sent one older gentleman to the hospital suffering from a severe head wound. The crash occurred in a bike lane along W. 29th Street on October 17th. The injured victim was riding an electric motorized scooter down the street when an unidentified pedestrian stepped right in front of him. The pedestrian’s foot actually got caught in the scooter’s wheel and the machine flipped, throwing the rider head-first onto the pavement.
The victim was wearing a helmet but the force of the impact knocked the protective device from his head. Eyewitnesses said they could see lots of blood leaking from the large wound in the man’s forehead. Good Samaritans assisted the injured man until EMTs arrived to stabilize him. He was taken to nearby Bellevue Hospital. While his injuries aren’t considered life-threatening, any blow to the head of an elderly person is treated seriously for fear of traumatic brain injury.
The pedestrian who caused the accident did not stay on scene until the police arrived.
While it may seem this role reversal is strange, pedestrians can cause accidents in New York City and aren’t always the victims. Indeed, pedestrians stepping in front of bicyclists and causing riders to crash or topple off their rides is more common than one would think especially in crowded locations.
Victims of pedestrian accidents as in any kind of accident must prove their case. While pedestrians generally have the right of way, each party will claim they are right and have their own version of what happened. In this particular pedestrian accident in Manhattan, the collision was caught on camera. A good investigator may be able to track the offending individual. Whether, the elderly gentleman will be able to recover compensation from this pedestrian is a completely different story.
If you’ve been injured in any kind of pedestrian accident, contact an experienced pedestrian accident lawyer in New York City to protect your rights as soon as possible. Call the Law Offices of Nussin S. Fogel at 800-734-9338 or 212-385-1122 today.