Electric Wheelchair Rider Killed in Bronx Car Accident

John Dellacava, 72, was killed in a pedestrian accident in the Bronx after he was struck by a driver at an intersection. According to an AMNY report, the fatal collision occurred the evening of May 7 when Dellacava attempted to cross East Tremont Avenue near Roosevelt Avenue. A 25-year-old woman heading north in a minivan struck the elderly man, officials said.

Surge in Pedestrian Fatalities

Paramedics rushed Dellacava to a local hospital where he died from internal injuries, according to police. The driver remained at the scene. There are no crosswalks at that section of East Tremont Avenue and the multi-lane two-way road has a bend in it, AMNY reports. The next-nearest marked crosswalks with signals are a block north at Randall Avenue or two blocks south at Schley Avenue. Our thoughts and prayers are with Dellacava’s family members and friends.

Dellacava’s death occurred just about a mile away from his home. It comes in the wake of eight other pedestrian deaths in New York over the past week. Since 2011, there have been 80 crashes on this stretch of East Tremont Avenue, NYC Crash Mapper data shows. Those collisions have left two dead and 101 injured.

Negligence (Carelessness) in Pedestrian Accidents

This street intersection collision is similar to the one that occurred on Feb. 5 in Manhattan Beach, Brooklyn, where a driver fatally struck 99-year-old Holocaust survivor Jack Mikulincer who was also trying to cross a busy street in a wheelchair, blocks away from any marked pedestrian crossing.

Under New York law, any person who is walking on foot or using a wheelchair is considered a pedestrian. Based on this news report, Dellacava was going across a street where there are a limited number of crosswalks. The law also requires motorists to exercise due care and caution around pedestrians — whether or not they are in a crosswalk.

Earlier this year, Mayor Eric Adams issued a public statement promising to punish drivers if they kill, injure or put pedestrians in danger by failing to yield. Mayor Adams and the city’s top police officials said in a news conference that they will take strong steps to enforce the city’s Right of Way law. Even though New York City has required motorists to stop and yield to pedestrians in crosswalks and at street intersections, drivers often do not obey the law.

Injured victims of pedestrian 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.

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.

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.

For over 50 years, our skilled accident attorneys have established a proven track record of helping injured victims get fair compensation for their losses. 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 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.

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Source: https://www.amny.com/police-fire/driver-72-electric-wheelchair-bronx-crash/

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