A rabbinical student was run over by a Department of Sanitation truck Sunday while crossing a street in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, reported the New York Daily News (2.24.14). Gedalia Gruntzweig, 25, died at the scene of the accident.
The New York Daily News reported that a witness said the driver never saw the student while trying to make a right from Kingston Avenue onto Carroll St. After the trash truck hit Gruntzweig, he was run over by the truck’s tires.
Cars driving on Kingston Ave. indicate Gruntzweig had the right of way, the NYDN reported.
The driver of the trash truck was reported to have a valid driver’s license and no criminal record. The Department of Sanitation and the NYPD are investigating the tragic accident.
Auto accident injuries and fatalities caused by failure to yield right of way
Auto accident injuries are commonly caused by negligent drivers who fail to yield right of way and cause an accident. A failure to yield traffic offense involves a driver who fails to yield the right of way to another driver, pedestrian or bicyclist. There are a number of different types of these offenses, any of which can result in a serious accident. In New York, the failure to yield the right of way to a pedestrian at a crosswalk is one of the most common types of these accidents. This is what apparently happened in the case of Gruntzweig.
In failure to yield accidents, car accident victims are often caught by surprise and have little or no time to avoid getting hit by the vehicle.
According to New York State’s right-of-way laws, drivers are required to yield the right of way:
- To oncoming vehicles who have the green light
- To vehicles on the right if two vehicles enter an intersection at the same time
- To drivers who do not have a yield or stop sign
- To pedestrians crossing in crosswalks or at corners
- To law enforcement and-or emergency personnel/vehicles
- To moving vehicles when entering a road from a driveway or private road
- To moving vehicles before backing out of a parking space
There are additional New York State right-of-way laws, as well.
Compensation and justice for pedestrians killed by negligent drivers who failed to yield the right of way
In most cases, the driver who fails to yield the right of way is at-fault in this type of car accident. If you or someone you know is injured or killed in an auto accident that was the result of a negligent driver who failed to yield the right of way, consult with an auto accident lawyer who knows what to look for after a serious car, truck, bus or other vehicle accident