A UPS driver is in critical condition following a serious New York crash on Staten Island, according to local sources. The 40-year-old man was injured in the car accident which happened around 9 a.m. on April 6. He reportedly lost his leg in the crash, and so far it does not appear any charges have been filed in connection with this case.
The details of the car accident are still somewhat unclear as of this report. It has been confirmed the victim was offloading some packages from his truck when a vehicle driven by an unidentified person crashed into him, pinning him to the truck. The driver of the vehicle was reportedly swerving to avoid a pedestrian when the crash happened.
The man was rushed to a local hospital in critical condition after his right leg was severed just below the knee. Police have not commented publicly on any other factors that might have contributed to the crash, but it seems likely an investigation will be ongoing until it is determined if any fault can be ascribed in this case exactly what occurred with regard to the collision. In the meantime, the man is expected to survive, though he may face complications in returning to work now that he has lost a limb.
If New York police determine the driver of the car was driving recklessly or inattentively, causing the car accident, that driver could face criminal charges for his or her role in the crash. Separately, the injured man will be entitled to sue for personal injury, particularly in view of the gravity of his injuries. Even if the driver was swerving to avoid a pedestrian, the victim will likely have a strong case to present in civil court. In addition to the possibility of achieving a monetary judgment for personal injuries, the victim also may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits due to the fact that the accident appears to have been caused while the man was on the job.
Source: New York Daily News, “UPS driver critical after being struck by car on Staten Island“, Rocco Parascandola, April 6, 2015