Two Fatal Pedestrian Accidents in Brooklyn

pedestrian accidentTwo fatal pedestrian accidents were reported in Brooklyn, within the space of two weeks. The first occurred the night of June 1. According to, William Rosario, 63, was crossing New Lots Avenue in Brownsville when he was struck by Anthony John who was driving an SUV. NYPD officials said John was driving without a license and faces charges of failure to yield to a pedestrian and failure to exercise due care. Emergency personnel transported Rosario to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The other fatal pedestrian accident occurred the afternoon of June 12 when an 86-year-old man was crossing at the intersection of 92nd Street and Dahlgren Place in Bay Ridge, the New York Post reported. He was struck by a New York City Department of Transportation truck. Police said the collision was so forceful that the victim’s head was severed from his body. The driver of the truck that hit the elderly man remained at the scene and no arrests have been made pending an investigation. We offer our deepest condolences to the families of these deceased victims.

Rights of Pedestrians

In New York City, yielding the right of way to pedestrians in crosswalks is an important traffic law that is meant to ensure the safety for pedestrians. According to city and state laws, vehicles must yield to pedestrians who are crossing the street within a marked crosswalk or at an unmarked intersection. This rule applies regardless of whether there are traffic signals present.

When approaching a crosswalk where pedestrians are crossing or waiting to cross, drivers are required to come to a complete stop and yield until the pedestrian has safely crossed the entire roadway, not just their lane. This ensures that pedestrians have enough time and space to navigate the street without being endangered by moving vehicles.

It is important for drivers to remain vigilant, especially in densely populated areas where pedestrian traffic is heavy. Failure to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks can result in traffic violations, fines, and penalties. Drivers have a duty of care to pedestrians even when they are not crossing at a crosswalk or intersection. Pedestrian accidents have the potential to result in major injuries or even fatalities.

Injuries and Compensation

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 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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