Staten Island MTA Bus Crash Fatally Injures Pedestrian

Patrick Varriale, 69, was killed in a pedestrian accident involving an MTA bus on Staten Island. According to a report in the New York Post, Varriale was found early morning on May 20, unconscious, at the intersection of Forest Hill Road and Platinum Avenue, a block away from the MTA Yukon Bus Depot. Police said he suffered severe body trauma and died at the scene.

Fatal Street Intersection Accident

A preliminary investigation determined that a 52-year-old MTA bus driver was traveling eastbound on Forest Hill when he made a left turn onto northbound Platinum Avenue. Varriale was crossing the street at the intersection when the bus struck him, police said. The bus initially left the scene and continued to travel northbound on Platinum Avenue, officials said.

The NYPD Collision Investigation Squad is still determining if there is any criminality. The bus driver has since been taken off duty pending the results of the investigation. According to an NBC report, video recorded from the bus operating the SIM10 line was turned over to investigators. MTA officials said they are fully cooperating with NYPD investigators. We offer our deepest condolences to the family members of Patrick Varriale for their tragic loss. They will be in our thoughts and prayers.

Dangers Pedestrians Face

In New York City, many factors cause or contribute to pedestrian accident fatalities and injuries. In this particular case, a bus driver who attempted to make a left turn at a street intersection ended up striking a pedestrian. As a public transport vehicle was involved here, a thorough investigation, including an evaluation of the bus driver’s experience, skill and abilities, should be done to establish any negligence (carelessness).

Reckless and negligent (careless) drivers are the biggest threats pedestrians in New York City face. Under New York law, all motorists are required to come to a stop at crosswalks and only proceed when pedestrians have crossed the roadway and it is safe for them to proceed. However, in New York City, we see motorists violating these laws, particularly at street intersections when they are about to make turns. It is also required under New York law for motorists to remain at the scene of an injury or fatal crash.

Compensation for victims

Injured victims of pedestrian 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.

Pedestrian accident victims and their families should note 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.

Hit-and-run accident victims, where the driver has not been apprehended, should remember that they can seek compensation through the uninsured motorist clause of their auto insurance policy (even though the driver has not been identified) or through a quasi-state agency if there is no motor vehicle in the victim’s household.

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 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.

We also obtained $295,000 in compensation for the victim of a bicycle dooring accident (where a car door opens into the path of a bicyclist). 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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