Local merchants, residents and safety advocates have issued public statements of concern regarding a New York intersection that is known to be particularly dangerous. A recent tragedy that occurred there seems to confirm the concerns voiced. The incident involved a privately owned garbage truck driver and a pedestrian.
The lines marking the crosswalk in the area are said to be faded. The pedestrian in question, a 62-year-old man, had stepped into the roadway to cross the street just steps away from the designated section for crossing. A 37-year-old man was behind the wheel of a massive garbage truck when his vehicle struck the man in the roadway.
Cars often take the bend at 30 mph at this intersection
Numerous people have made their complaints known to city officials regarding lack of safety at this particular intersection. Some say that even when a pedestrian has the light to cross the street, he or she might have to stay back because cars often come flying around the bend at 30 mph or more. One local shop owner said he never feels safe when crossing the street in that area.
Private carting industry marred by fatal collisions
New York police say they are cracking down on reckless private carting drivers, as there has been a significant increase in fatal collisions and recklessness in the industry. Losing a loved one is a devastating experience, especially if he or she suffered fatal injuries in a motor vehicle collision as a pedestrian. In the past, many families have sought justice in memory of a deceased loved one by filing a wrongful death claim in a civil court when driver negligence or reckless behavior was a causal factor in the incident that resulted in a family member’s death.