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Brooklyn Man Killed in Pedestrian Accident

The attorneys at the New York law firm Block O'Toole & Murphy are following a recent Brooklyn crash that left a 55 year-old man dead.

The pedestrian was struck by an Access-a-Ride Bus in the Coney Island section of Brooklyn. The accident, which occurred early Sunday evening, took place at Neptune and W. Sixth Street. The circumstances of the accident have not yet been revealed but there is an investigation underway. Thus far, the driver of the bus has not been charged, as there is no evidence that any criminal conduct was involved. A determination of fault has not been made, though early indications are that the pedestrian had the right of way.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the victim and those who loved him.

This deadly accident continues a rash of fatal accidents in New York City. Fatal crashes have plagued the city for several years, prompting the city to adopt an innovative approach to pedestrian safety that the mayor has called "Vision Zero."

The goal of the city wide program is to reduce traffic fatalities to zero within 10 years. Skeptics, and there are many, have labeled the goal as unreachable. Perhaps this is true, but there is no harm in trying to reach such a laudable goal. In doing so, the city hopes to drastically reduce traffic fatalities and bring awareness to a very serious problem. This safety issue is not confined to a neighborhood or group of neighborhoods. It is a concern for all neighborhoods, regardless of demographics. We need to take it head on.

Nowhere is the problem more evident than in crashes involving pedestrians. Pedestrians are essentially defenseless when they are about to be struck by a truck, bus or car. The force of the impact and the lack of protection often yields long-lasting and significant injuries. An injured pedestrian can sustain head injuries, orthopedic injuries, spine and neurologic injuries as well as brain injuries. The victims and their families suffer and endure so much after being involved in a pedestrian crash.

The attorneys at Block O'Toole & Murphy have a long and successful history representing pedestrians who have been injured in crashes. They appreciate what their clients and loved ones go through after being a victim in a serious crash. The firm has significant results in such cases, including a $32,756,156 verdict, and $12,000,000 and $8,800,000 settlements for injured pedestrians. All told, the firm has recovered more than $800,000,000 in verdicts and settlements for their injured clients.

If you are interested in learning more about Block O'Toole & Murphy and their team of trial lawyers, please review their website at www.blockotoole.com. You may also contact them at 212.736.5300 for a free consultation.

Read the full story of the accident:

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/brooklyn/man-killed-access-a-ride-van-brooklyn-article-1.2045317