Backhoe Crushes NYC Woman to Death By Michael Joseph on April 05, 2021

On March 6, 2021, a heartbreaking video surfaced which solved the mystery of what happened to a woman found crushed to death on a Brooklyn street. The video showed that  she was struck by a backhoe whose driver apparently never even saw her.The video shows the yellow construction vehicle striking 61-year-old woman with its shovel before running her over and dragging her along the corner of New Lots and Van Sinderen avenues in East New York, Brooklyn. Neither the driver nor a worker nearby appears to notice the pedestrian fell  and then disappears under the vehicle. The backhoe then lurches forward, leaving the woman motionless on the street, video shows.Cops arrived and found her unresponsive around 2:20 p.m. The unconscious victim  was rushed to Brookdale Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.Police initially said the victim may have been hit by a car, and they continue to investigate the incident, and after finding the video, determined that the fatality was caused by a backhoe, a peice of heavy construction equipment.  

Our New York City construction accident lawyers, have extensive experience in representing people who have been injured and the families of those who have suffered wrongful deaths in construction accidents involving heavy equipment and excavation machines. Our contruction accident lawyers, have represented both construction workers, who are injured on work sites, as well as pedestrians, who are injured by construction equipment while walking around construction sites. Most heavy equipment accidents involving pedestrians are usually caused by the operator not keeping a proper look out and the lack of a flagman, controlling pedestrian traffic around the construction operations. Usually the flag man is suppose to maintain a safe barrier between the heavy machinery and the pedestrians and maintain communication with the excavation equipment operator.  Given the size and tremendous raw power of these machines, when they accidentally strike people, serious injuries and even death are foreseeable consequences. Our construction accident and wrongful death lawyers have extensive experience in heavy equpment and excavation machinery accidents, such as backhoes and have pursued these cases in the Supreme Courts in Manhattan, the Bronx, Broolyn and Queens as well as Westchester. 

If you were injured in an accident, the person responsible in the crash is responsible for damages. From medical expenses to lost wages and pain and suffering, you can recover compensation from the driver’s insurance company.

But, what happens if the at-fault driver is killed in the accident? Can you sue a dead person at fault in an accident?

The answer is yes. If you are looking to pursue a claim against a deceased person at fault in an accident, you can file a claim against their estate or insurance company.

Filing a Claim Against the Driver’s Estate

An estate is the property and assets that an individual leaves behind after death. The deceased’s estate is represented by a personal representative, typically their spouse, children, or parents. The personal representative appointed to the deceased’s estate is responsible for overseeing the probate process, which is the process of an estate being divided to fulfill debts and things promised to individuals written into the deceased’s will.

The probate period that an estate goes through is complex. If you suffered injuries in an accident caused by a deceased person, you need to seek legal representation immediately and discuss your claim with a wrongful death attorney. An experienced attorney can ensure that you meet probate deadlines, have sufficient evidence to develop your claim, and can make sure that your claim is settled successfully.

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