A man was rushed to the hospital in critical condition after being hit by a motorcycle while crossing a Brooklyn street. The biker was also hospitalized in serious condition. Exactly how the crash happened and who is at fault has not been reported, but the crash occurred on Pennsylvania Avenue at the intersection with Fulton Street at 6:30 a.m. on October 8.
Impact Caught on Camera
The victims, a twenty-eight-year-old man and a forty-eight-year-old man, were transported to Jamaica Hospital. Officials have released conflicting information about which man was driving the motorcycle and which was the pedestrian. Early reports that a third victim was involved might have been erroneous.
Surveillance video from the scene shows the crash, and the biker apparently had a green light. It’s not clear whether the pedestrian was fully visible or speed was a factor. Debris was scattered at the scene, while the bike came to rest about a block from the initial crash site.
Risk Always Present
The details of every crash are not always determined to everyone’s satisfaction. Sometimes, it’s clear who is responsible for an accident, but in other cases, the facts can be elusive.
Motorcyclists are responsible for some crashes but are the victims of others. Last month, a biker on Staten Island was killed in what was described as a hit-and-run crash with a truck, although police said it was possible the truck driver was unaware of the collision.
Another biker, an EMT, was killed in Brooklyn that same week, also in a hit-and-run, while crossing the Kosciuszko Bridge. The same morning as the Fulton/Pennsylvania crash in Brooklyn, an NYPD officer in the Bronx was struck while riding a department scooter to participate in a Columbus Day parade. He suffered major, possibly crippling, injuries to his leg.
Across the Hudson, three Union City police officers were injured this month when two motorcycles roared into an accident scene they were investigating. Two of the officers and one of the motorcyclists were hospitalized.
Brooklyn Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
Motorcycles only make up 2 percent of registered vehicles in New York City, but they are involved in a disproportionate number of total crashes (14 percent in 2014). More than 4,600 people were injured in those crashes, and 148 were killed. While more than one-third of those incidents were single-vehicle crashes, the rest involved at least one other party: a passenger car, a truck, a bus, or a pedestrian.
When you’ve been the victim of a crash caused by a motorcycle, or you were operating your bike and were struck by another vehicle, it’s vital that you have an experienced motorcycle accident attorney by your side as you pursue compensation.
The attorneys at Greenstein & Milbauer, LLP have helped hundreds of clients reach successful resolutions to their cases. Call us today at 1-800-VICTIM2 (842-8462) or fill out the form below to schedule a free appointment to discuss your case.