A 42-year-old woman lost her leg after an electric vehicle spun out of control and crashed into her, pinning her to a utility pole. According to a WABC news report, the pedestrian accident occurred at the intersection of Murray and West Street in Tribeca when the driver of a Smart Car reportedly attempted to make a U-turn at a high rate of speed. In addition to the woman who lost her leg, a 20-year-old man was struck and sustained non-life- threatening injuries.
Both victims were transported to a local hospital. The woman is said to be in stable condition. The 27-year-old driver of the Smart Car was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated, reckless driving, and failure to yield to a pedestrian. Residents who live nearby say the intersection where this major injury pedestrian accident occurred is a dangerous one.
Violation of Laws
Based on this news report and police officials, the driver of the electric vehicle who struck the pedestrian, violated a number of laws. Officials say he was driving under the influence, operating the vehicle recklessly and failed to yield the right of way to a pedestrian. New York law prohibits motorists from operating under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.
Drivers are also required under the law to come to a complete stop at crosswalks and yield the right of way to the pedestrian. The law also states that motorists making left turns or U-turns should yield the right way to oncoming traffic and pedestrians, and make the turn only when it’s safe to do so. In fact, in New York City, reckless driving, driving under the influence and failing to yield the right of way to pedestrians are some of the most common causes of vehicle versus pedestrian accidents.
Despite the mayor and city’s Vision Zero initiative, an ambitious plan to reduce fatal traffic accidents citywide, 2019 has been off to a bad start. Fatalities on New York City’s streets are on pace to increase this year for the first time after Mayor Bill de Blasio introduced his Vision Zero program. This year, areas such as Queens and southern Brooklyn are experiencing the most notable increases in bicycle and pedestrian accidents. There have been 65 traffic deaths in New York City through April 28 this year, a 30 percent increase from the 50 traffic deaths that were recorded at that point last year.
Contacting an Experienced Lawyer
Pedestrian accidents have the potential to result in life-changing injuries that may take away livelihoods and any semblance of normalcy in the victim’s as well as his or her family’s lives. Losing a leg, for example, is a catastrophic injury, which means that the victim will never be able to return to his or her pre-accident state. Victims who have been injured in pedestrian accidents may be able to seek compensation for damages including, but not limited to, medical expenses, lost income and benefits, hospitalization, rehabilitation, permanent injuries, disabilities, past and future pain and suffering, etc. It is important to remember that pedestrian accident victims may be able to seek compensation for injuries or losses in a collision even if they were not walking in a marked crosswalk. If you have lost a loved one in a pedestrian accident, you may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit seeking compensation as well. An experienced personal injury lawyer will be able to guide you through what can quickly become a complex process and help you maximize the compensation you receive.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, or if you have lost a loved one in a motor vehicle accident caused by a negligent or 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 49 years, our skilled accident attorneys have established a proven track record of helping injured victims. 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. 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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