Deadly Staten Island Pedestrian Crash

Yingqui Liu, 73, was killed in a pedestrian accident in Staten Island. According to a report on, Liu was crossing South Avenue the afternoon of Nov. 21 when a vehicle hit him as it turned left from Forest Avenue. Liu succumbed to his injuries. Streetsblog reports that the driver was not charged. The investigation is ongoing. We offer our deepest condolences to the family of Yingqui Liu for their tragic loss.

Dangerous Roadway for Pedestrians

According to Streetsblog, Forest Avenue is a dangerous roadway. The news site reports that there have been 60 crashes last year in the short stretch between Willow Road and South Street, injuring 33 people, including two bicyclists and eight pedestrians. Three people have been killed on Forest Avenue since 2019, according to the nonprofit Transportation Alternatives.

Neighborhood organizers say there is a lack of safe pedestrian and bike access between the Bayonne and Goethals bridges as well as a lack of devices to slow down drivers and protect all users of the road. New York City is continuing to see an increase in pedestrian accidents. At least 99 pedestrians have been killed on New York City streets this year, according to the Department of Transportation, making 2022 the second bloodiest year since Vision Zero began in 2014. So far this year, 42 senior citizens (those 65 and older) have been killed in traffic accidents. About 75% of these victims were pedestrians.

Rights of Pedestrians

A number of major injury and fatal pedestrian accidents in New York City occur due to motorists failing to yield the right of way to pedestrians. Motorists are required under the law to stop and yield the right of way to pedestrians in crosswalks. When there is no traffic control signal at a crosswalk, drivers must yield the right-of-way to pedestrians, particularly if the pedestrian is in a crosswalk or there is potential danger to the pedestrian (Section 1151, NYS Vehicle & Traffic Law).

In addition, every driver approaching an intersection or crosswalk must yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian accompanied by a guide dog or a cane (Section 1153-c, NYS Vehicle & Traffic Law). An experienced New York pedestrian accident lawyer will be able to determine the liable parties in such cases.

Pedestrian accidents have the potential to result in major injuries or even fatalities. Injured victims of pedestrian accidents and bicycle accidents can seek compensation from at-fault parties for damages including, but not limited to, medical expenses, lost wages and benefits, hospitalization, rehabilitation, permanent injuries, disabilities, past and future pain and suffering, etc. Families that have lost loved ones in pedestrian accidents can seek compensation for damages such as lost future income, medical and funeral costs, pain and suffering, etc.

Pedestrian accident victims and their families should also remember that they can seek compensation for injuries or losses in collisions even if the victim was not walking in a marked crosswalk and even if the driver involved in collision was not charged. Our law firm recovered the full one million dollar insurance policy for a girl who was not in the crosswalk when a motor vehicle hit her.

Contacting an Experienced Lawyer

If you or a loved one has been injured in a pedestrian accident or bicycle accident, or if you have lost a loved one in an auto accident caused by a negligent (careless) driver, the experienced New York personal injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Kenneth A. Wilhelm can help you better understand your legal rights and options, and also fight hard to recover just compensation for you.

For over 51 years, our skilled attorneys have established a proven track record of helping injured victims. Our law firm recently recovered $5,600,000 for a bicyclist who was hit by a van, and $2,550,000 for another victim of a truck accident, and $3,000,000 for a pedestrian who was hit by a car, and $2,000,000 in a hit-and-run accident, and the full $1,000,000 insurance policy for a pedestrian who was hit by a truck, and $4,625,000 for a driver who was in a car and was hit by a van, and $2,500,000 for a man who fell through an improperly secured hole. Also, one of our clients obtained a verdict for $43,940,000 and another of our clients got a verdict for $23,500,000, both in medical malpractice cases.

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