School Girl Killed in Brooklyn Pedestrian Accident

Pedestrian AccidentA 10-year-old girl was killed in a pedestrian accident in Brooklyn. According to an NBC news report, the girl was hit the afternoon of April 16 near Wallabot Street and Wythe Avenue in Williamsburg. The girl, who was struck as she was walking to school, was taken to a nearby hospital where she succumbed to her injuries, officials said. Police said the driver was a 62-year-old man who remained at the scene. He was questioned by police. No charges have been filed pending the investigation. We offer our deepest condolences to the family of this young pedestrian accident victim. They will be in our thoughts and prayers.

Child Pedestrian Accidents

Pedestrian accidents involving children are a significant concern, especially in New York City and other larger cities across the nation. Children are particularly vulnerable in these types of accidents due to their smaller size, limited visibility, and lack of experience with road safety. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), pedestrian accidents are a leading cause of injury-related deaths among children in the United States.

Recent statistics indicate that:

• In 2019, 5,142 pedestrians were killed in traffic crashes in the United States, and children under the age of 15 accounted for 19% (or 980) of these fatalities.
• Approximately one in every five children under the age of 15 who were killed in traffic crashes were pedestrians.
• Children aged 10-14 have the highest rate of pedestrian injuries and fatalities compared to other age groups.
• Most child pedestrian fatalities occur during the after-school hours, between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., and during the months of September to December.

These statistics highlight the urgent need to implement effective measures that enhance pedestrian safety, especially around schools and in residential areas, and protect children from traffic-related dangers and reduce the number of child pedestrian injuries and fatalities on our roads.

Pedestrian Accidents Near Schools

Pedestrian accidents near city schools are an immediate concern given the high volume of foot traffic and the presence of children, who are particularly vulnerable here. The dense urban environment, coupled with the hustle and bustle of school drop-off and pick-up times, increases the risk of pedestrian accidents in these areas.

Several factors contribute to pedestrian accidents near schools in New York City:

  • Distracted driving: Drivers distracted by mobile phones, GPS devices, or other distractions may fail to yield to pedestrians or may not notice children crossing the street, leading to accidents.
  • Speeding: Speeding in school zones is a common problem that increases the risk of pedestrian accidents. Higher speeds reduce the driver’s reaction time and stopping distance, making it more difficult to avoid collisions with pedestrians.
  • Illegal parking and U-turns: Illegal parking and U-turns by parents and caregivers dropping off or picking up children can create hazardous conditions for pedestrians and other road users.
  • Lack of safe crosswalks and crossing guards: Inadequate infrastructure, such as the absence of safe crosswalks and crossing guards can increase the risk of pedestrian accidents near schools.

In an effort to curb pedestrian accidents happening near schools, New York City has implemented various steps, including traffic calming measures, enhanced crosswalks, and increased enforcement of traffic laws in school zones.

Compensation for Victims

Injured victims of pedestrian accidents and bicycle 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 medical and funeral costs, pain and suffering, lost future income, etc.

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.

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.

For over 52 years, our skilled accident attorneys have established a proven track record of helping injured victims get fair compensation for their losses. We 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 $2,000,000 in a hit-and-run accident, 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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