Neighbors and advocates are calling for more safety measures to protect pedestrians after a Queens woman was recently struck and killed by an e-bike while walking to get dinner. According to a CBS New York news report, police say a 26-year-old e-bike deliveryman was traveling east on 21st Avenue when he hit and fatally injured a 54-year-old woman who was attempting to cross the street in a marked crosswalk.
Tragic Pedestrian Deaths
The woman’s brother said she was picking up dinner with a friend. Police said the delivery driver remained at the scene and has not yet been charged. They have also said alcohol or drugs were not factors in this incident. This is the second pedestrian to die after an e-bike collision since November when New York City legalized e-bikes. Citywide, pedestrian accident deaths have more than doubled this year. In all, 27 people have died from January to May of 2020, compared to 56 so far this year.
Since the pandemic began, the city has installed nearly 80 miles of new or upgraded bike lanes and outdoor dining structures. After this fatal pedestrian accident, Families for Safe Streets, an advocacy group, has called on state lawmakers to pass the Crash Victim Rights and Safety Act, which includes lowering speed limits and installing more speed cameras around the city. NYPD statistics show that a majority of fatal pedestrian accidents this year – about 50 – have involved cars. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of the deceased victim.
Negligent (careless) Vehicle Operators
Pedestrian accidents tend to occur because of negligent (careless) vehicle operators – especially those not paying attention to their surroundings. In New York City, we often see that a number of fatal pedestrian accidents occur at street intersections. Some of the most common causes of vehicle versus pedestrian collisions include speeding, failing to stop at a red light and failing to stop and yield the right of way to pedestrian, as the law requires. Pedestrian accidents have the potential to result in major injuries and often, fatalities.
Regardless of how pedestrians are injured, they have the right to seek compensation for their injuries, damages and losses. Injured pedestrian accident victims and families that have lost loved ones have the right to hold negligent (careless) parties accountable. Victims of such 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 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 remember that they may be able to 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 nearly 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. 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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