Woman Injured by DSNY Truck on Fifteenth Ave in Brooklyn, NY
Brooklyn, NY — October 6, 2022, an 81-year-old woman was struck and injured by a Department of Sanitation truck in Brooklyn.
Authorities say the incident happened just after 8:30 a.m. near Fifteenth Avenue and 85th Street in Bensonhurst. Preliminary investigation suggests a garbage truck was eastbound on 85th when the driver started to turn left onto Fifteenth. As it turned the truck hit the woman, who was walking in the area.
The pedestrian was taken to a hospital with leg injuries and is expected to recover. The truck driver was reportedly arrested and charged with failure to yield to a pedestrian.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on DSNY Truck Accident in Brooklyn
A common mistake I often see is the belief that criminal charges after an accident are a guarantee of fault. However, criminal and civil law are distinct--just because the driver was reportedly charged doesn't mean he or his employer have to accept civil liability for the damage done.
If the victim of this accident decided to seek accountability and help from the city after its employee caused her harm, she would likely need to show up armed with clear and indisputable evidence of what happened at that intersection. People don't always know that government bodies are every bit as stubborn as private companies when it comes to admitting fault, which means it's almost always necessary to show up with so much proof (video footage, corroborating eyewitness statements, crash scene reconstruction data) that they have no choice.
I'm not saying any action will necessarily be taken here; obviously that's not my call to make. However, it's always best for anyone caught in a situation like this to know what battles might lie ahead and to prepare accordingly.