Police in New York are in the process of investigating yet another pedestrian accident. This particular event occurred the morning of Feb. 27, in Brooklyn. A mother was walking her son to school when they were hit while crossing the street in a crosswalk.
As numerous pedestrians are out and about in certain areas of New York on any given day, one would think drivers would be more cautious and aware of their surroundings. Sadly, auto-pedestrian accidents are often reported. Most recently, a pedestrian hit by a car in Manhattan's Lower East Side had to be freed from underneath the SUV before she could be transported for medical care.
In 2019, 219 pedestrians died in accidents in New York City. Unfortunately, as far as pedestrian safety goes, 2020 is not off to a good start. Just recently, two people died, and one person was injured in two separate pedestrian accidents occurring just hours apart.
According to a national study and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, approximately 1.4 out of every 100,000 pedestrians will become a victim of a fatal collision. In addition, nearly 5.5 out of every 100,000 motorists are guilty of not yielding the right-of-way to pedestrians. A recent analysis of pedestrian accident data reveals that New York is ranked the highest for these tragic types of collisions.
New York is home to a lot of people who choose to walk or ride bikes around the city rather than spend the money on automobiles. With so many pedestrians out and about regularly, one would think that drivers would already be hyperaware of their presence. Unfortunately, auto versus pedestrian accidents happen all too often. When a pedestrian accident does occur, the victim, if he or she survives, is left with physical and emotional scars that can affect various aspects of his or her life.
Every year in New York and across the country, thousands of people die in auto-pedestrian accidents. Many more suffer injuries in such events. Sadly, some victims will find themselves being blamed for these incidents. There are things pedestrians can do to protect themselves from being hit by cars and being held accountable for their own losses.
Emergency responders were recently called to help a woman who was hit by a bicyclist in Midtown. The victim is said to have suffered a skull fracture and is now in a coma. Her prognosis is unknown. New York state laws may allow the victim of this pedestrian accident or -- if she fails to recover -- her loved ones to seek compensation for the economic and noneconomic damages they have experienced as a result of this event.
New York City has its fair share of bicyclists. Some people ride bikes for work, some for basic transportation and others for the pure joy of it. Bike lanes are installed all around the city; unfortunately, people in parked cars can make them dangerous to use. If you or a loved one were in a bicycle accident thanks to someone exiting a parked car, you may be entitled to seek compensation for your losses.
Police in New York are looking for the driver responsible for a hit-and-run incident that recently occurred in Hell's Kitchen. The pedestrian accident left a young man in critical condition. When the driver is located, that individual may be held responsible for the victim's losses. If the driver is not found, the victim may require assistance seeking relief from his own insurance provider.
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.