Daniel Vidal, 30, a delivery worker was killed in a traffic accident the morning of Aug. 4. According to an AMNY news report, Vidal was heading north on a motorcycle along Morgan Avenue in East Williamsburg when a man driving a flatbed truck made a left turn off of Meadow Street and collided with the two-wheeler. Paramedics rushed the victim to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Vidal’s bike, delivery bag and helmet were scattered in the street as NYPD investigated the crash, the outlet reports. The 50-year-old operator of the heavy hauler remained at the scene. No criminal charges have been filed pending the official investigation. State records show the truck had six prior parking violations — all mostly in Brooklyn —between 2017 and 2021. We offer our deepest condolences to the family members of Daniel Vidal for their terrible loss. They will be in our thoughts and prayers.
Dangers for Bicyclists and Motorcyclists
The two-way Morgan Avenue corridor, which runs through an industrial neighborhood in Brooklyn, has a long history of fatal crashes involving trucks. Another flatbed truck driver struck and killed 30-year-old Mathieu Lefevre who was riding a bicycle just three blocks away in 2011.
Morgan Avenue does have bike lanes, but they are not protected from vehicle traffic with just painted markings separating the car lanes. Since 2011, there have been 126 crashes on just six blocks of the avenue between Meserole Street and Grand Street injuring 158 people, according to Crash Mapper.
Accident Victims’ Rights
Ten delivery bicyclists died just in the first nine months of 2021 on city streets, which is three more than all the delivery bicyclist deaths in 2020, according to research done by the Worker’s Justice Product and The Worker Institute of Cornell University’s ILR School. Whether you are riding a bicycle, e-bike, moped or motorcycle in New York for work, to commute or just for recreation or exercise, you have a right to be safe. Motorists have a duty of care and responsibility to share the roadway with other vehicles, including bicycles. Bicyclists have the same rights as drivers of other vehicles.
Motorcycle, bicycle, or e-bike accidents have the potential to result in serious and disabling injuries. Some victims are so badly injured that their lives are turned upside down. In some cases, victims may not be able to work for an extended period of time because they are recovering from their injuries. Sometimes, such victims are unable to return to work or earn a livelihood because of their injuries. Such a loss of income can prove financially devastating for victims and their families. If you are a delivery worker in New York City who has been injured by a reckless or negligent (careless) driver, you can seek compensation for your injuries, damages and losses.
Contacting an Experienced Lawyer
Injured victims of scooter or moped 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 such 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 moped or motorcycle or e-bike 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 $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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