Van Collision Fatally Injures Brooklyn Delivery Worker

A 55-year-old deliveryman riding a motorized scooter was killed in a Brooklyn crash after he was struck by a van on May 6. According to a report in the New York Daily News, the man was riding north on Fourth Avenue when a cargo van driving south down the avenue made a left turn on to 21st Street in Sunset Park. As the 37-year-old van driver made the turn, he collided with the scooter, launching the rider into the intersection.

The victim suffered severe head and body trauma even though he wore a helmet, police said. He was transported to a local hospital, but succumbed to his injuries. The van driver remained at the scene and has not been charged yet. Police are still investigating the cause of the crash. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family members of the deceased victim. We offer our deepest condolences to them.

Dangers Faced by Delivery Drivers

According to a study done by the Worker’s Justice Product and The Worker Institute of Cornell University’s ILR School, 10 delivery bicyclists died just in the first nine months of 2021 on New York City streets. Also, the New York City Department of Transportation’s data shows that of the 17 delivery bicyclists who have died on the job over the past two years, several deaths have resulted in court proceedings, but none have concluded. Safety advocates say a lot of these bicycle accidents are also hit-and-run crashes.

The findings of the study show almost every delivery bicyclist is a man of color, many of them immigrants, with the largest demographic coming from Latin America. 82% of all people who deliver in New York say their employer has never provided safety equipment for them, based on the data from the study.

Rights of Bicycle Accident Victims

Whether you are riding a bicycle, e-bike or motorizes scooter in New York for work, or 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.

In this incident, the victim was struck by a cargo van. If the driver of the van is found to have been negligent (careless) here and if he or she was on the job while operating a company vehicle, his or her employer can be held liable also. In these types of accidents, the driver and vehicle owner are both responsible parties even if the owner was not driving when the accident occurred.

Scooter 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, workers may not be able to work for an extended period of time because they are recovering from their injuries.

Sometimes, victims are unable to return to work or make a livelihood because of their injuries. Such loss of income can prove financially devastating for delivery workers 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

If you or a loved one has been injured in a bicycle or e-scooter 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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