Electric scooter sharing is becoming a big thing in larger cities across the United States. It is not yet legal in New York, but some lawmakers are trying to change that. While there are obvious benefits to allowing electric scooter sharing, there are also dangers to pedestrians and riders that no one likes to talk about.
Police recently arrested the individual responsible for an accident which claimed the life of a New York woman who was crossing a street. This auto vs. pedestrian accident occurred on Dec. 11, in Brooklyn. The victim was a single mother of two teenage boys.
An elderly man is facing charges in New York following an accident that left one person dead and several others injured. This fatal pedestrian accident occurred Nov. 26, at Forsyth and Canal Street. A total of five pedestrians were involved in this incident.
Police in New York are investigating an accident that left an elderly woman dead. It is unclear if the driver responsible for this pedestrian accident will face any criminal charges. If they desire, the victim's surviving family members may be entitled to pursue legal actions in civil court in an effort to seek compensation for their losses.
An elderly woman in New York recently lost her life when she was struck by an MTA bus. This incident occurred the evening of Sept. 5, in Brooklyn. The bus driver is now facing charges for his role in this pedestrian accident.
Every year, numerous New York residents or visitors to the state suffer injury or death in pedestrian accidents. When these collisions involve buses, trucks or other larger vehicles, pedestrians may be pulled under and dragged for some time before the drivers are even aware of what has happened. Those who survive these incidents or the family members of victims who do not may have legal recourse. Following a pedestrian accident, personal injury or wrongful death claims may be filed in an effort to seek financial relief.
In New York and elsewhere, SUV-involved pedestrian accidents seem to occur all too frequently. When they do, the victims most often suffer critical or fatal injuries. Anyone who has been injured or lost a loved one in an SUV-involved pedestrian accident may be entitled to seek compensation for their resulting losses.
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.