A 32-year-old Queens woman was struck and killed by a motorcyclist who witnesses say was traveling at an “extremely high rate of speed”. According to a report on Streetsblog, the fatal pedestrian accident occurred near the corner of Summerfield Street and Myrtle Avenue. Police said the 28-year-old motorcyclist was heading eastbound on Myrtle when he struck the female pedestrian, who was a cashier at a nearby store and had just completed her shift.
Streetsblog also reports that Myrtle Avenue in Ridgewood is a danger zone for pedestrians. Last year alone, there were 38 crashes on the three-block stretch between Fresh Pond Road and 71st Avenue injuring two pedestrians and three motorists. We offer our deepest condolences to the family members of the pedestrian who was killed in this crash.
Pedestrian Accidents and Excessive Speed
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), for more than two decades, speeding has been involved in about one-third of all traffic accident fatalities. In 2017, speeding was a contributing factor in 26 percent of all traffic fatalities. In some cases, it may be unsafe even when the driver is operating at the speed limit but driving too fast for the road conditions such as during bad weather, when a road is under repair or in an area at night that is not well lit. Speeding endangers not just the life of the driver, but the occupants of that vehicle as well as others on the road including pedestrians and bicyclists.
The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), in a recent report, estimated that 6,590 pedestrians were killed in car accidents last year, amounting to a nearly 5 percent increase from the 6,283 deaths in 2018. Pedestrian fatalities nationwide are the highest they have been in the last three decades. The number of pedestrian fatalities has increased by more than 50 percent – from 4,109 in 2009 through 2018. Yet, the total number of all other types of traffic accident fatalities went up by only 2 percent in that period, the report states.
Liability in Pedestrian Accidents
In pedestrian accident cases where negligence (carelessness) is established, drivers and their employers and other responsible parties can be held financially liable for the injuries, damages and losses they cause, even if the authorities don’t file criminal charges against them. Injured victims will able to seek compensation for damages including, but not limited to, medical expenses, lost income and benefits, hospitalization, rehabilitation, permanent injuries, disabilities, past and future pain and suffering, etc. Families that have lost loved ones may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the at-fault parties seeking compensation for damages as well.
It is important to remember that pedestrian accident victims and their families 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 has not been 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.
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.
For over 48 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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