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Construction Backhoes Keep Killing Pedestrians In New York


If you live in New York, you already know that construction projects are always going on in the City. No matter which way you turn, it seems like the City is in a constant state of demolition, excavation, and rebuilding. While this might seem like an exciting prospect to some, others have discovered that these construction projects pose a serious risk to innocent pedestrians. There are many potential hazards for pedestrians walking past construction sites, but backhoes seem to pose an especially grave risk.

If you have been injured by a backhoe or any other piece of construction equipment while walking past a New York construction site, it makes sense to team up with a qualified, experienced personal injury attorney. Ideally, you should enlist the help of an attorney with experience in construction accidents. These lawyers can help you receive compensation for your medical expenses, missed wages, and much more.

Woman Killed By Brooklyn Backhoe 

In March of 2021, it was reported that a woman had been killed by a wayward backhoe outside of a construction site in Brooklyn. The nurse was apparently doing nothing wrong, and she was even crossing the street at the designated crosswalk. Her only mistake seemed to be that she was looking down at her phone just before she was struck by the backhoe. In contrast, the operator of the backhoe seems to have been completely oblivious to the fact that there was a woman behind the construction vehicle.

There are many possible signs of negligence here. First of all, there probably should have been some kind of signage warning pedestrians that there was construction in progress. One might even argue that the crosswalk should have been blocked off entirely, especially if there were backhoes suddenly reversing into the path of pedestrians. The actions of the backhoe operator must also be taken into account. Why didn’t this operator look in their mirrors before reversing? Did the vehicle’s warning alarm fail to trigger as it reversed? Why didn’t the construction site provide a person to walk behind the backhoe and make sure the area was clear of pedestrians? These are all important questions that will undoubtedly be asked during the personal injury lawsuit that follows this incident.

Filing a Wrongful Death Claim 

Even if you or a loved one didn’t personally suffer due to a construction accident such as the one above, you can still file a wrongful death claim. This type of lawsuit is reserved for those who have lost a loved one due to an accident. In this situation, the family of the woman who died would have the chance to recover compensation for things like future wages, funeral expenses, loss of consortium, and much more.

Enlist the Help of a Qualified Attorney Today 

If you’re serious about pursuing justice after being injured by a backhoe, reach out to New York City construction accident lawyer Michael Gunzburg, P.C. at your earliest convenience. We have a wealth of experience with construction accidents, and we are well aware of the risks posed by construction equipment. Pedestrians in New York deserve to be protected from negligent contractors and construction companies, and there is no excuse for these accidents. Book your free initial consultation today, and we can help you get the compensation you need.


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