A woman was stuck by a large commercial truck earlier this month in New York City and was rushed to the hospital with what officials classified as critical, life-threatening injuries. The devastating truck accident in Brooklyn happened on October 20th in the Dyker Heights Neighborhood. The victim, a 19-year-old woman, was crossing the street near the intersection of 11th Avenue and 73rd Street when a garbage truck struck her, knocked her to the ground, and rolled over her.
EMTs rushed to the scene and were able to extract the woman from underneath the vehicle. She was immediately transported to Maimonides Medical Center with life-threatening injuries. In a strange twist, the driver of the city-owned and -operated garbage truck was taken to the hospital as well for what was classified as “observation.”
The Department of Sanitation and NYPD have launched separate investigations into this latest garbage truck accident in New York City trying to uncover exactly how the woman was injured and why the driver of the truck did not see her as he was turning into the street.
This is by far from the first garbage truck accident in New York City. Truck drivers sit much higher off the roads than automobile drivers and do not have the same visibility of the roadway. Victims of these types of truck and pedestrian collisions many times are the aged, infirm, or young children who don’t have the maneuverability to avoid the accident. Because of the sheer size and weight of the truck, the resulting injuries are quite serious.
Besides the claim against the truck driver and owner for the injuries, the injured pedestrian would be entitled to no-fault benefits from the insurance company for the truck which would pay for all health-related expenses.
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured by a garbage truck or any other type of large vehicle, you need an experienced legal professional fighting for you. Contact the New York City truck accident attorneys at the Law Offices of Nussin S. Fogel today. Call 800-734-9338 or 212-385-1122 for your free consultation right now.