New York City is somewhat reminiscent of a war-zone when it comes to the safety of pedestrians. Pedestrian injury numbers in the city are high. Pedestrians are often injured and killed even when crossing securely within the borders of a marked crosswalk. Many drivers, looking out for other vehicles, forget to keep their lookout ahead for pedestrians. This also often happens while making turns or maneuvering for parking along the city sidewalks.
Ruthie Anne Blumenstein is a Tony-award winning actress, known for her work in the "King and I." Recently, Mrs. Blumenstein, one of her friends and their children were involved in a pedestrian accident in New York. They are all said to have been hit while crossing a crosswalk in Brooklyn.
The New York State Department of Health gathers statistics on a number of things that affect the health and well-being of residents of the state -- including injuries and deaths related to motor vehicle accidents. Right now, the department's website only lists the statistics for the years 2012 to 2014. While these numbers may be a few years old, they are still pretty eye opening. This week, this column will focus specifically on the pedestrian accident statistics.
During the week, big yellow school buses are a common sight in the mornings and afternoons as bus drivers work to transport children to and from school. Unfortunately, for two individuals in New York, the sight of these buses was not a pleasant one. A child and a woman were both struck by school buses in late January. Each victim may be entitled to file a pedestrian accident claim in court in order to seek restitution for their losses.
In many places in New York, residents and visitors to the state walk to get to where they want to go. It is economical and, quite frankly, sometimes faster than waiting in traffic. Unfortunately, numerous individuals are injured every year being hit by cars, and some even lose their lives. How likely is a pedestrian accident to happen really?
Law enforcement officers in New York are looking for the individual responsible for a crash that left one person injured. In mid-October, a man was severely injured in a pedestrian accident in Queens. A description of the vehicle involved has been released to the public, but so far the driver remains at large.
Many areas of New York City are considered high foot-traffic areas. Drivers and pedestrians alike have to be careful and look out for each other. It is highly unfortunate that, yet again, another pedestrian accident with injuries has been reported.
Police in New York are investigating the cause of a collision that left an elderly woman fighting for her life. This pedestrian accident occurred Wednesday, Aug. 16, in the Tribeca area. Authorities say that the victim was crossing Franklin Street when she was struck.
Quite a few residents of New York walk as their main mode of transportation, particularly in Manhattan or other big city areas. Crossing streets is not always that easy, though, even if crosswalks are available. However, state laws are clear regarding motorists' responsibilities in giving pedestrians in crosswalks the right-of-way. Anyone hit while crossing a crosswalk may have legal recourse.
New York certainly sees more than its fair share of pedestrian accidents. Recently it was reported that an SUV hit a bus and then two people, injuring a total of 12 individuals. Police are still in the process of investigating this auto-pedestrian accident.