An 82-year-old man was killed in a pedestrian accident in Brooklyn after a van that was making a left turn at the intersection of Maujer Street and Bushwick Avenue in Williamsburg struck him. According to a report in the New York Daily News, the pedestrian was in the crosswalk when he was struck. The van crushed the victim’s legs and he was rushed to an area hospital, but died from his injuries.
DWI Laws and Marijuana
The driver was arrested and is facing charges including possession of marijuana. Both the victim and the driver lived in the Williamsburg Houses, about a block from the scene of the crash. The driver reportedly had about 40 prior arrests including a recent arrest in February 2018 for use of drug paraphernalia. His driving record included one prior suspension and convictions for three prior vehicle law violations.
The Daily News reports that Police Commissioner James O’Neill has raised concerns about the recent trend of weakening marijuana laws, particularly when it comes to driving while impaired. He noted in December that there is no instant test for marijuana use as there is for alcohol intoxication. However, at least one manufacturer has come up with a Breathalyzer-like device to measure marijuana intoxication. Its efficacy has yet to be determined.
Increase in Fatal Pedestrian Accidents
According to statistics released recently by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) pedestrian accident deaths nationwide are the highest they’ve been since 1990. The GHSA estimated that pedestrian deaths across the nation rose 4 percent to 6,227 fatalities last year. That number indicates that pedestrian fatalities are at a 28-year high. The GHSA also reported that the number of pedestrian deaths involving SUVs increased by 50 percent from 2013 through 2017 while the number of pedestrian fatalities caused by passenger cars increased by 30 percent over that same period. Pedestrian deaths now make up 16 percent of all road deaths, up from 12 percent in 2009.
SUVs alone are clearly not the cause of pedestrian accidents in New York City. Here, a vast majority of pedestrian accidents are caused by driver negligence (carelessness) or wrongdoing. Drivers who operate a vehicle while impaired and motorists who fail to yield the right of way to pedestrians at crosswalks and intersections are largely to blame for a number of pedestrian deaths. New York law clearly states that motorists should come to a complete stop at a crosswalk, and proceed only after yielding the right of way to pedestrians, and when it is safe to do so.
Families that have lost loved ones in pedestrian accidents may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit seeking compensation for damages such as lost future income, medical expenses, funeral costs, pain and suffering, loss of love and companionship, etc. It is important to remember that you may be able to seek compensation for injuries or losses in a pedestrian accident even if you were NOT walking in a marked crosswalk. An experienced New York City pedestrian accident lawyer will be able to advise injured victims or families of deceased victims regarding their rights.
Contact an Experienced Pedestrian Accident 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 reckless driver or due to someone else’s negligence (carelessness), 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.
Our skilled accident attorneys have established a proven track record of helping injured victims get fair compensation for their losses for over 47 years. 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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