New York, NY (PRWEB) June 22, 2012
With temperatures predicted to climb into the 90s this week, many children throughout New York City will seek out frosty treats from ice cream trucks. That means that kids, parents, vendors and motorists should keep safety in mind, New York accident lawyer David Resnick said today.
“Ice cream trucks are a fun summer tradition for many children in New York City. Sadly, they can also be a source of real tragedy if ice cream truck operators and other drivers don’t pay proper attention to the safety of young customers who dash into the street to buy a treat,” said Resnick of the New York personal injury firm of David Resnick & Associates, P.C.
New York has already seen at least one serious accident involving a child and an ice cream truck this year. A SUV hit a 2-year-old boy when he darted between parked cars while chasing an ice cream truck in the Bronx in March, according to the New York Daily News. The accident left the child in critical condition after he suffered head trauma.
Another New York ice cream truck accident claimed the life of a 6-year-old girl last year in Queens. The girl was chasing an ice cream truck when a driver who had alcohol in his system struck her, causing fatal head injuries, according to NBC New York’s News 4.
“Any accident is tragic, but it is especially devastating when someone’s carelessness kills or seriously injures a child who is taking part in an innocent summer activity,” said Resnick, the Manhattan accident attorney. “Drivers need to slow down, use caution, look for kids and expect the unexpected when encountering an ice cream truck on busy city streets.”
Resnick also said that ice cream truck operators bear responsibility for keeping their young customers safe. He pointed to a New York law that requires “frozen dessert” trucks to be equipped with cautionary devices, including front crossing arms similar to those found on school buses. Ice cream trucks also must have equipment “designed to warn oncoming vehicles of the likelihood of pedestrians in or about the vicinity of such sales oriented motor vehicles,” according to N.Y. VAT. Law § 375(37).
The law requiring safety devices on ice cream trucks was enacted in 2005 in response to the 2003 death of a 9-year-old girl who was struck and killed by an oncoming car in Monsey, N.Y., after she bought ice cream from a truck. The girl was trying to cross the street to return home when the car hit her, according to an article on the N.Y. Senate’s website.
Resnick said it is crucial to obtain qualified legal counsel if one’s child is injured in an ice cream truck accident. An experienced personal injury law firm such as David Resnick & Associates, P.C., has the resources to fully investigate an accident to determine who was at fault for the injuries and whether any regulations or laws were violated and
About David Resnick & Associates, P.C.
David Resnick & Associates, P.C., provides professional and compassionate legal assistance to victims of injury and negligence. Founded in 1998, the firm is experienced at handling multiple types of injury and negligence cases in New York City, including motor vehicle accidents, hit and run, bicycle accidents, pedestrian injuries, trip and fall, construction accidents, premises liability and other kinds of personal injury and wrongful death claims.
David Resnick & Associates, P.C., is located at 450 7th Avenue, Suite 409, New York, NY, 10123, and serves clients in Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, Staten Island, the Bronx and all of New York City. Mr. Resnick can be reached at (212) 279-2000 or through his website’s online contact form.