Bronx, NY – Bicyclist Killed in Crash on Williamsbridge Rd near Pierce AveNY/NJ Legal News
Bronx, NY (April 6, 2023) – A bicyclist was killed when they were hit by a vehicle in the Bronx on the night of April 5. At approximately 11:20 p.m., emergency crews were dispatched to the scene of the incident near Williamsbridge Road.
Emergency crews were sent to the scene on Williamsbridge Road near Pierce Avenue in Morris Park. A 64-year-old man on a bike was fatally injured after being struck by a white pickup truck.
How and why the crash occurred is still under police investigation at this time. The roadway was blocked while emergency crews worked in the area, resulting in significant delays in traffic.
Police in the Bronx continue to investigate the circumstances of the accident.
Our thoughts are with everyone involved. We hope for their full recovery.
Pedestrian Accidents in New York
In many cases, when a pedestrian is hit by a vehicle, the driver is believed to be at least partially to blame. Pedestrians hurt in a car accident are eligible to collect financial compensation for their losses and may bring a personal injury claim against the at-fault driver.
Drivers owe a duty of care to pedestrians. They are expected to operate their vehicles responsibly and safely. If a pedestrian is struck inside of a crosswalk, for example, the driver is almost always held responsible since the pedestrian had the right of way.
New York law states that pedestrians have the right of way at crosswalks and intersections, therefore, drivers are obligated to yield the right of way to pedestrians in these areas and remain stopped until the pedestrian has crossed the street. The law also states that, in the event of a collision between a pedestrian and a car or truck inside a marked or unmarked crosswalk at an intersection, the permissive inference will always be, unless proven otherwise, that the driver breached the duty of care they should have shown for the pedestrian’s safety.
On the contrary, pedestrians are also tasked with certain responsibilities that include crossing in designated crosswalks at the appropriate time and looking both ways before they do so. Pedestrians who dash out into the roadway, giving an unsuspecting driver no chance to react and avoid striking them, or pedestrians who are under the influence or not paying attention while walking, may be held partly liable for an accident. In New Jersey, however, even when a pedestrian shares liability for an accident, they are still permitted to seek comparative compensation.
Many pedestrian accidents result in serious injuries. Personal injury protection coverage, with its numerous restrictions, is not always enough to cover the medical expenses associated with these injuries. Some pedestrian victims may not have an auto insurance policy, or their insurance provider may dispute their injuries or their account of what happened.
The attorneys at Metro Law are readily available to help our clients by addressing any concerns or questions they may have about the legal possibilities available to them after they are injured by someone’s negligence. Contact our New York personal injury lawyers at (800) 469-6476 to schedule a free case assessment.