A man was struck and killed by an NYPD van in a fatal pedestrian accident in New York City earlier this month. The victim, a 53-year-old man, was walking in the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn on
April 8th when he was struck by the van. He was declared deceased shortly after the collision. The driver of the NYPD transport van was delivering four prisoners from one location to the 77th Precinct at the time of the collision.
In a sadly ironic twist on this terrible story, the Crown Heights neighborhood has historically been on the list of most dangerous neighborhoods for pedestrians in New York City for years. Despite several well-intentioned efforts by the mayor and safety advocates to make walking in Brooklyn safer, Crown Heights remains a hotspot for automobile accidents.
Indeed, in just the first two months of this year alone the area has seen 15 pedestrians injured and 46 motor vehicle operators hurt. That’s far higher than the city’s overall average and much higher than the safest Borough in New York (Manhattan). So far in 2022, Brooklyn has the most traffic accidents in New York City—even knocking Queens out of the tops spot for the first time in years.
The family of the deceased victim could potentially seek financial compensation from the driver of the van, the NYPD and the City of New York. The claim would be for pain and suffering for the time the victim survived after the accident and if employed, the amount of money the victim would have contributed to his household over his work-life expectancy. In addition, as a pedestrian, the victim would be entitled to no-fault benefits from the City of New York as owner of the vehicle which would pay for medical and funeral expenses.
If you’ve been injured by a careless driver anywhere in the city, you need an experienced New York City pedestrian accident lawyer fighting for you. Call The Law Offices of Nussin S. Fogel at 800-734-9338 or 212-385-1122 for your free consultation.