Brooklyn, NY – Pedestrian Loses Life in Traffic Collision on Fort Hamilton Pky near 37th StNY/NJ Legal News
Brooklyn, NY (November 14, 2023) – A fatal pedestrian collision took place in Brooklyn on the night of November 14. At approximately 11:22 p.m., emergency responders were sent to the scene of the incident on the Fort Hamilton Parkway near 37th Street in Kensington, local sources said. One pedestrian was killed in the crash, however, they have not been identified at this time.
The driver who struck the pedestrian fled the scene without stopping to render aid. Authorities are working to investigate the details of the incident. The intersection was closed while emergency responders worked at the scene, and local drivers were forced to find alternate routes while the scene was occupied by responders. We want to offer our sincere condolences to the family of the deceased victim at this time.
New York Traffic Collisions
More often than not, pedestrian accidents end in injuries that may be serious or even catastrophic for victims. This is most likely because pedestrians are usually traveling with no protection against fast-moving, heavy vehicles. When pedestrians are struck by cars, trucks, vans, or any other type of vehicle, they usually end up in the hospital where they must remain for weeks or longer while they attempt to physically and emotionally recover. Suffering severe injuries in a pedestrian accident is never easy, and can be totally devastating. Especially if an accident is caused by a negligent driver who was distracted, intoxicated, speeding, or fatigued. Accidents of this nature are often more severe due to the driver being preoccupied or totally inebriated while operating their vehicle.
In the United States, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association, over 93% of reported auto accidents happen because of negligent driving. In one recent year, over 400,000 auto accidents happened due to distracted driving alone. Drivers have become increasingly distracted, especially in the past decade. Most often, they are distracted by their smartphones or screens built into their vehicles. Looking at your phone for five seconds while traveling 55 miles per hour is equivalent to traveling the length of two football fields with your eyes closed. This is extremely dangerous and can even turn out to be deadly for anyone encountered by such a distracted driver.
With the help of a pedestrian crash lawyer, an injured pedestrian can get the financial compensation they need and deserve after being injured in a serious accident. A lawyer can help them deal with the insurance company so they’re able to successfully recover.
In New York, pedestrians legally have the right of way at crosswalks and intersections. This indicates that drivers are, by law, required to yield to them until they exit the roadway. If a collision occurs between a motorist and a pedestrian, the law also says that the motorist most likely violated their duty of care, despite whether the incident happened inside of a crosswalk.
However, pedestrians also owe certain duties of care to drivers, such as always crossing at specified crosswalks and ensuring vehicles are not headed their way when doing so. If you or a member of your family were recently injured in a pedestrian accident, working with a lawyer could be in your best interest. An attorney can help you file a claim for compensation so you can financially recover.
If you have lost a loved one in a pedestrian accident, you may be worrying about where you can get the help you need to financially recover. Filing a wrongful death claim can be complex, which is why having the help of a skilled lawyer is a wise choice. A wrongful death attorney in Brooklyn can help you gather the funds required to cover the costs that stem from funeral care and burial expenses, as well as other losses and damages related to the passing of your loved one. We are well aware of the extreme difficulty of situations of this nature, which is why we are here to help in any way we can.
Contact the personal injury attorneys at Metro Law by calling (800) 469-6476 to schedule a free case assessment if you have been hurt in a pedestrian crash in Brooklyn.