Brooklyn’s busy roads are filled with a diverse variety of vehicles, which increases the risk of pedestrian accidents. This was illustrated last week when an 81-year-old woman was injured after being struck by a garbage truck.
The accident took place in the Bensonhurst neighborhood of Brooklyn. According to police, the garbage truck operator hit the woman after making a left turn at an intersection while the woman was crossing the street.
The woman sustained a leg injury and was taken to a local hospital for treatment. The incident remains under investigation.
Drivers and the duty to drive safely
Many pedestrian accidents are caused by negligence. All drivers on the road have a legal duty to drive safely and reasonably.
This means not engaging in activities such as speeding, distracted driving, drunk driving or failing to follow the traffic laws. All these things increase the risk of an accident.
As a pedestrian in a city like Brooklyn, being hit by a vehicle can be a nightmare. You risk serious injuries, which can lead to long-term or permanent medical or health issues, in addition to significant medical costs.
What proving negligence involves
Proving negligence requires showing that the driver of the motor vehicle breached their legal duty to drive safely. You must also prove that their breach of duty caused your injuries and damages.
You could receive compensation for your damages by proving negligence. The amount of compensation depends on your specific circumstances, but it could cover things like your medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering.
To understand what you can expect after being a victim of a pedestrian accident, it can help to talk with a personal injury attorney. You are not alone after your accident. There are professionals who are there to help you by providing advice and guidance, as well as representing your best interests.