The death of a food delivery driver in a collision with a van marks the 500the fatality in New York since Mayor De Blasio took office. The E-Bike accident in Brooklyn claimed the life of a 27-year old man on July 22nd. The victim was delivering in the Kensington section of Brooklyn at around 8:30 in the morning when the electric scooter he was operating was struck from behind by a van operated by a 42-year-old man. When EMTs arrived, they found the victim lying in the road, deceased, having suffered severe head trauma.
This scooter accident in New York City marks the second fatal collision involving a food delivery driver in July alone. This profession has become something of a lightning rod for traffic safety reform as there are an estimated 50,000 individuals (some estimates put that number closer to 80,000) employed in this industry in NYC alone. The sheer number of these individuals combined with their preferred modes of transportation—often small gas- or electric-powered scooters or motorized bicycles— make them a vulnerable target. While stats concerning the number of delivery drivers injured or killed in crashes can get a bit murky, it’s safe to say that those who operate these smaller vehicles would share an accident rate similar to bicyclists in New York.
Victims can seek compensation from the drivers and owners of the automobiles which hit them. The major deciding factor in such an incident would be demonstrating liability on the part of the other driver. Operators of electric-powered scooters and motorized bicycles who obey the rules of the road and are safe often take a bad rap for the reckless operators. That’s where a legal professional can help. An experienced attorney has the skill and expertise to present your case in the best light and will be able to overcome the natural prejudice that accompany these cases.
If you or a loved one has been injured while delivering food, contact an experienced E-Bike accident lawyer in New York City today. Call The Law Offices of Nussin S. Fogel at 800-734-9338 or 212-385-1122 right now.