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Family of pedestrian fatally struck by MTA bus in Manhattan says unsafe conditions around construction site might have contribute to the accident

NYC accident sceneShawn Gooding, a resident of the East Village, tragically lost his life on Friday night after being struck by an MTA bus at the intersection of Avenue D and East 10th Street. The circumstances surrounding his death have raised significant legal questions and concerns, particularly regarding accountability and liability.

As wrongful death attorneys, it’s crucial to examine the events leading up to Gooding’s untimely demise. Reports suggest that Gooding tripped into the street and was subsequently struck by the bus, which allegedly continued driving after the collision. Despite efforts by EMS, Gooding succumbed to his injuries at NYC Health + Hospital Bellevue.

The legal implications of this incident are multifaceted

Firstly, there’s the question of negligence on the part of the bus driver and the Metropolitan Transit Authority. If it’s determined that the driver failed to exercise reasonable care or adhere to traffic laws, they could be held liable for Gooding’s death. Additionally, the MTA may be held accountable for any shortcomings in their training or safety protocols that contributed to the accident.

Secondly, there’s the issue of negligence by the construction contractors concerning the ongoing construction at the intersection. Gooding’s family asserts that the construction obstructed sidewalks and forced pedestrians into the street, ultimately leading to his tragic death. If it can be proven that the construction company or property owner failed to maintain a safe environment for pedestrians, they could be held responsible for Gooding’s death.

The NYPD’s highway investigations squad is currently looking into the accident, and no charges have been filed against the bus driver at this time. However, it’s essential for Gooding’s family to seek legal representation to ensure that their rights are protected and that they receive the justice and compensation they deserve.

Shawn Gooding’s death serves as a sobering reminder of the importance of pedestrian safety and accountability. As the legal proceedings unfold, it’s crucial for our community to demand transparency, thoroughness, and accountability from all parties involved.