Three People Seriously Injured in Brooklyn Pedestrian Crash

Three people suffered serious injuries in a Brooklyn car accident the night of April 10. According to a CBS New York news report, an 89-year-old man was parking when he confused the pedals and accidentally hit the gas instead of the brake. The driver lost control of the vehicle at 18th Avenue and 76th Street in Bensonhurst and struck a 20-year-old man on a scooter and a parked car, before jumping the curb where he hit a male pedestrian on the sidewalk. The vehicle then crashed into a building.

Ongoing Crash Investigation

Pedestrian Crash AccidentWitnesses said the driver was speeding before the crash. Some media outlets reported that the elderly driver had suffered a medical emergency. Three victims — including the man on the scooter, another man in the parked car and the pedestrian on the sidewalk — were transported to the hospital in serious, but not life-threatening, injuries.

Neighbors told CBS that they had petitioned for a stop sign at the location a few years ago, but it never came to fruition. The elderly driver and a passenger in his vehicle suffered relatively minor injuries. Our thoughts and prayers are with all the injured victims and we wish them the very best for a speedy and complete recovery.

Car Accidents Involving Senior Drivers

Senior drivers in New York face unique challenges that can affect their driving abilities and safety. According to recent statistics, senior drivers are involved in fewer accidents compared to younger age groups. However, the severity of accidents involving seniors tends to be higher due to their increased vulnerability to injuries. In New York, drivers aged 65 and older make up about 15% of all licensed drivers but account for around 10% of all traffic fatalities.

Every year in New York State, more than 4,800 drivers over age 65 are seen in emergency departments, and more than 1,000 are injured severely enough to require hospitalization as a result of motor vehicle crashes. In addition, about 69 older drivers are killed in car crashes on an average every year in New York State, according to the New York State Department of Health.

Factors contributing to such accidents include age-related decline in vision, hearing, and cognitive abilities, as well as medical conditions and medications that can affect driving skills. To address these issues, New York has implemented measures such as more frequent license renewal and vision testing for senior drivers. It is crucial for senior citizens to be aware of their limitations and to take steps to maintain their driving skills and ensure their safety on the road.

Compensation for Victims

Injured victims of negligent (careless) drivers 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 car 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 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.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident or 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.

Contacting an Experienced Lawyer

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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