Drivers Charged in Fatal Downtown Brooklyn Crash

Car CrashShanti Joyner, 18, was killed in a Brooklyn car accident that also left three other people injured. According to an ABC7 news report, the two-car collision occurred early morning of Aug. 18 on Atlantic Avenue. Police say Joyner, a passenger in one of the vehicles, was found unconscious and unresponsive with severe body trauma. She was taken to an area hospital where she was pronounced dead. Two others, one of them the driver of one of the vehicles, and another, a passenger, were hospitalized in stable condition.

Injuries and Fatality

Charges are pending against the drivers of both vehicles. Residents in the area where this accident occurred say they see drivers speeding too often. One resident who works nearby told ABC7 that everyone was always rushing to beat the traffic light. This marks the second deadly collision to happen this year on the downtown stretch of Atlantic Avenue.

Only a block away from this location, a pedestrian was killed by another driver who was impaired when he ran the red light in April. Residents are calling for the city to implement measures such as additional red-light and speed cameras to slow drivers down. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone who has been affected by this horrific crash. The investigation is ongoing.

The Impact of Speed in Car Crashes

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), more than 12,000 deaths – 29% of all crash fatalities – occurred in speed-related crashes in the year 2021. High speeds make a crash more likely because drivers have far less time to react and because it requires a longer distance to stop or slow down. They also make collisions deadlier because even modest increases in speed can cause significant increases in crash energy.

IIHS notes that raising speed limits does lead to more deaths because people often drive faster than the posted speed limit. If the speed limit is raised, it is likely that they may go even faster. Research shows that when speed limits are increased, so do fatal crashes. Lowering speed limits, on the other hand, cuts injury crashes. Speed safety cameras can also be valuable tools as they have the potential to lower speeds as well as the number of crashes.

Driver Negligence (Carelessness)

There is no question that driver negligence (carelessness) is one of the most common causes of car accidents in New York City and elsewhere. Impaired driving, distracted driving, failure to obey the rules of the road such as stopping for a red light or failing to yield the right of way to a pedestrian, are all factors in major injury crashes in the city. Speeding has also recently become a crucial factor in fatal car accidents in New York. Car accidents have the potential to result in major injuries including traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord trauma, broken bones, internal organ damage, etc.

Injured victims of negligent (careless) drivers 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 car accidents can seek compensation for damages such as lost future income, medical and funeral costs, pain and suffering, etc.

Contacting an Experienced Lawyer

If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident or pedestrian 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 accident attorneys have established a proven track record of helping injured victims get fair compensation for their losses. We 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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