On Tuesday, a 71-year-old man sat on a bench in a bus shelter in Dyker Heights, patiently waiting for the B4 bus. Sadly, he never got aboard.
A pickup truck collided with a minivan in the intersection of 13th Avenue and Bay Ridge Parkway, sending the truck careening over the sidewalk and into the bus shelter. The vehicle hit the senior Brooklyn man. He died from his injuries the following day at Lutheran Medical Center.
The Brooklyn accident is another of many sidewalk collisions that have killed pedestrians this year. In these pedestrian-automobile crashes, it’s unusual for the driver to be criminally charged unless he or she is intoxicated or under the influence of drugs.
Although criminal justice officials in New York City rarely pursue drivers who cause fatal pedestrian accidents, the civil justice system presents an opportunity for family members to file a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of the victim.
A wrongful death lawsuit allows family members to recover money damages, while ensuring that the wrongdoer is held accountable for his or her negligence. For more information about NYC wrongful death claims, speak with an experienced attorney.
Source: Brooklyn Daily Eagle, “Elderly Man Hit By Out-Of-Control Truck Dies,” Paula Katinas, Sept. 20, 2013