In every large urban city, it's important to ensure that the streets are safe not only for drivers and passengers in motor vehicles, but also for those residents who choose to walk. In New York City, providing for the safety of millions of pedestrians is a main initiative and goal of the Vision Zero plan which seeks to "eliminate all deaths from traffic" for motorists, passengers, bicyclists and pedestrians alike.
Many New York residents are killed or injured in pedestrian accidents each year, and data from the NHTSA indicates that busy urban streets such as those found in Queens are particularly hazardous for those traveling on foot. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a pedestrian is killed every two hours in the United States, and those over the age of 65 or under the age of 15 have a higher risk of being struck by a motor vehicle while out walking.
If you have been injured from a motor vehicle accident or a fall, your first trip may be to the hospital. At the hospital you will be asked how the injury happened. This will usually be documented in the hospital record. Following the discharge from the hospital when you see your attorney, the attorney will have you sign a retainer agreement which provides for the attorney's fees, usually being one third. Legal action will follow, if no reasonable offer is made by the insurance company, to settle your case.
According to Suffolk County authorities, a pedestrian struck by a vehicle on Broadhollow Road in Melville died as a result of the accident. Police indicated that their investigation into the Nov. 6 incident is ongoing.
On Oct. 6, a cab hit a building after jumping a curb on the Upper East Side. The crash took place around 11:50 a.m. when a taxi slammed into an eyeglass store at Madison Avenue and East 95th Street. The vehicle also hit a pedestrian before stopping completely.
The wife of a CBS senior vice president was struck by a bicyclist in New York's Central Park. The 58-year-old woman was reportedly stepping off a curb when she was hit by a bicycle being operated by a 31-year-old man who was swerving to keep from hitting a group of pedestrians. The victim was kept on life support for a few days before she died.
A New York truck accident resulted in the death of a 91-year-old woman on July 18. The driver of the city sanitation truck involved in the pedestrian accident received a summons for failure to yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian.
Police say that a man driving a red Ford Focus hit a pedestrian near the intersection of 92nd Street and Roosevelt Avenue in Queens at 4:30 a.m. on July 5. After hitting the pedestrian while he was crossing the street, the driver hit a parked car. The 42-year-old male driver and a 35-year-old female passenger were both taken to Elmhurst hospital. The pedestrian was pronounced dead at the scene by EMS.
On June 18 at around 5 pm, an elderly pedestrian was struck by a local sightseeing bus in New York. An anchor with a local news outlet reported that the victim was taken to Bellevue in serious condition. The source did not specify the injuries suffered. A spokesman with the tour bus company, CitySights NY, expressed the business' sympathy for the injured woman and also noted the company's track record of safety in a public statement.
Mayor Bill deBlasio has been trying to make New York City's streets safer; not from crime, but from dangerous driving. His Vision Zero initiative has lowered the speed limits in specific areas of the city with the goal of reducing the number of crashes and pedestrian accidents. Among the five boroughs, there are 21 zones that have been added to the program. The New York Police Department will have officers on hand to not only enforce the lowered speed limits, but also distracted driving prevention, running red lights and any other traffic violations.