The driver of a motor vehicle in New York City cannot strike a pedestrian who is properly in a crosswalk without having serious legal consequences. Under the present law passed during the DeBlasio administration, it is a misdemeanor to commit that offense. The driver will also face a pedestrian injury claim in civil court for monetary damages in compensation of the innocent pedestrian's injuries and losses.
Many people in Manhattan choose to walk to get from place to place. Unfortunately, even the pedestrians who make sure they only cross streets in a crosswalk when they have a walk sign can be injured by drivers who fail to yield the right of way. Police in New York claim that a recent fatal pedestrian accident was caused by such a driver.
Walking is great exercise and good for the heart. Ironically, those who do go out and walk are facing another danger by becoming victims of pedestrian accidents. In New York and nationwide, pedestrian deaths surged by about 10 percent last year, according to an accumulation of state fatality data identifying instances of a fatal pedestrian accident.
New York drivers are likely aware of the fact that they are responsible for the safety of their passengers. If a driver's negligence results in the death of a passenger, he or she may be held accountable by the family of the deceased passenger, and they will be entitled to file a wrongful death claim. Such claims may follow a recent accident in which two passengers lost their lives.
Although the number of pedestrians killed in traffic accidents went down the prior two years, the figures for this year are running high, with 20 pedestrians and three cyclists killed sp far. There have also been more than 900 pedestrian injuries in New York City accidents this year. The apparent rise in pedestrian accident numbers raises new doubts that the Vision Zero program is on track to eliminate such deaths by 2024.