A teenager in Brooklyn was killed in an auto wreck on a recent Monday.
The car accident occurred while he was crossing the street to board his
school bus. Residents of the neighborhood pointed out that speeding is
an ongoing issue in the area, but police have not confirmed whether speed
played a factor in the tragic crash. Nevertheless, police suspect that
the 14-year-old’s vision was obscured due to the hood of his sweatshirt.
It remains unclear if this recent fatal pedestrian accident was the fault
of the driver or the fault of the boy, who witnesses say ran out into
traffic. Still, the accident highlights the pandemic problem of students
being fatally hit by passing drivers while they wait for or cross the
street to board their school buses. Some wonder if distracted driving
and/or distracted walking could be to blame for these accidents as more
individuals and teens are using cell phones and other electronic devices
and, therefore, less aware of the world around them.
In a recent initiative, NYC Medial Lab and AT&T teamed up to release
research that looks at cell phone distractions and how they endanger pedestrians.
The report includes examples of New York City fatalities involving pedestrian
car crashes. The information indicates that New York City has four times
the amount of fatal pedestrian car accident deaths than national averages.
Whenever a pedestrian car accident occurs -- in Brooklyn or elsewhere in
the metropolitan area -- victims (and family members of any victims who
are killed) may wish to investigate the exact cause of the incident. Police
investigations often involve pulling cellphone records of drivers involved
in the crash. These records may reveal that the driver was engaged in
text messaging or other cellphone usage at the time of the event. Such
evidence might be useful to support personal injury and/or wrongful death
claims of distracted driving in a civil lawsuit seeking a judgment for
monetary damages sustained as a result of the accident.
Source: stnonline.com, " Fatal Accident at Brooklyn Bus Stop Kills High School
Student", Michelle Fisher, June 4, 2014