A pedestrian was killed after an MTA bus that swerved around a broken-down vehicle in Brooklyn toppled a light pole, which fell and crushed him. According to a report in the New York Daily News, the 59-year-old victim died two days after he was rushed to the hospital with severe injuries to his head and body. Officials say the bus driver was attempting to get around a disabled vehicle on Eastern Parkway near Utica Avenue in Crown Heights when the bus’s side mirror hit the pole. This caused it to come down on to the pedestrian who happened to be walking by.
His wife told the Daily News that her husband was walking home from a birthday party with her and a few friends when the incident occurred. All of a sudden, they heard a bang and then found the pole on top of the man. The bus driver was not immediately charged, but the incident is still being investigated.
Police said the deceased victim lived about a mile from where he was struck. MTA officials said the bus driver involved has been removed from passenger service while the incident is under investigation. We offer our heartfelt condolences to the victim’s family and friends. They are in our thoughts and prayers.
Dangers Faced by Pedestrians
In New York City, many factors cause or contribute to pedestrian accidents and injuries. In this particular case, a bus driver who attempted to navigate his way around a disabled vehicle, ended up knocking down a light pole that fell and crushed the pedestrian. In such cases, a thorough investigation is required into what caused the driver to take those actions. An evaluation of the driver’s experience, skill and abilities is also important.
Reckless and negligent (careless) drivers are the biggest threats pedestrians in New York City face. However, they also face other dangers such as getting struck by debris from construction sites. We’ve had several cases over the last two years where pedestrians have been hit and killed by pieces of building facades that fell from above. 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.
Contacting an Experienced Lawyer
Injured pedestrian accident victims 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.
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 over 49 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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