Personal injury lawyer David Perecman reminds drivers of snow removal vehicles and pedestrians to watch out for each other. A potentially dangerous situation may occur if a pedestrian is unaware that the snow-clearing vehicle is approaching, or if a driver of the machine does not see a pedestrian.
In Brighton Beach, Brooklyn, an elderly pedestrian died after being hit by a backhoe moving snow. The 73-year-old man was struck and killed by the vehicle as it was clearing snow while going in reverse, said NBC News (2.3.14). The backhoe was not a New York City plow.
Also in the news, a snowplow in Brooklyn knocked down a man with a wave of snow while he was walking down Coney Avenue. The snow clearing truck plowed so forcefully, the snow also shattered the front door of a business. Video showed that the man appeared to be uninjured as he walked away from the accident scene, reported NBC News (2.7.14)
Work zones are a known danger for pedestrians. A pedestrian may not see the snow clearing vehicle because he or she may be looking down at the pavement to make sure he or she does not fall. While backing up, the backhoe or snowplow operator may not see a person crossing behind their vehicle and hit them.
It was unreported whether either of the vehicles in the news were being operated with at least one flashing, rotating, or oscillating light and-or a reverse signal alarm. Warning lights and back-up alarms help prevent pedestrian injuries and deaths.
“It is the responsibility of the vehicle’s driver to proceed safely and watch out for pedestrians. Snow off a plow blade can be dangerous, and the vehicles can be dangerous as well. When drivers are careless or negligent, injuries or death can be the result for pedestrians,” said Perecman.
New York personal injury lawyers at The Perecman Firm have helped many pedestrians obtain compensation following pedestrian-vehicle accidents. Contact The Perecman Firm at 212-977-7033.
The NBC News articles cited are “ Backhoe Clearing Snow Strikes, Kills 73-Year-Old Man in Brooklyn” and “Man Knocked Over by Wave of Snow from Plow Truck.”
About David Perecman and The Perecman Firm, PLLC:
For the past 30 years, the New York construction accident, medical malpractice, auto accident, personal injury, and civil rights violation lawyers at The Perecman Firm, PLLC have handled all types of New York personal injury accident cases. David Perecman, founder of the Firm, has been recognized for his achievements as an Honoree in the National Law Journal’s Hall of Fame, in New York Magazine’s “The Best Lawyers in America” and The New York Times Magazine “New York Super Lawyers, Metro Edition” for the years 2007-2010. The prestigious U.S. News & World Report ranks The Perecman Firm among the top 20 personal injury firms in New York City for 2011-2012 and 2012-2013.
The Firm has recovered millions of dollars for its clients. Among the more recent victories, Mr. Perecman won a $15 million verdict** for a construction accident (Index 112370/03) Supreme Court, New York County, a $5.35 million dollar verdict*** for an automobile accident (Index 2749/04) Supreme Court, Kings County, and a $40 million dollar structured settlement for medical malpractice (Index 2146/03)****Supreme Court, Kings County.
The Perecman Firm serves Manhattan, Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, Long Island, Westchester, Upstate NY, Morris County, and Rockland County.
**later settled while on appeal for $7.940 million
*** later settled for $3.5 million
**** total potential payout
“Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.”