The toll of pedestrians being mowed down on New York City's streets continued on the afternoon of May 9 with the occurrence of a fatal accident in the middle of 60th Street and Madison Avenue. A woman in her 70s succumbed to pedestrian injury after being hit by a cab while she crossed the street in the crosswalk. The cab, which was making a left turn, appears to have been operated in a negligent manner, and if so, would be civilly liable for damages to the woman's estate.
The city is taking a new approach to the problem of pedestrian injuries and deaths on the New York streets. It is showing a gruesome video filled with real-life accidents in which pedestrian and bicycle riders are struck and mowed down by cars and trucks. Last week, New York cab drivers watched the video, including an interview of a mom who lost her 3-year-old daughter in a pedestrian accident when the girl was hit in a crosswalk in Flushing, Queens.
In another pedestrian tragedy, a man was killed and his girlfriend seriously injured when struck by a Mercedes SUV while they were crossing E. 62nd Street at Lexington Ave. on Jan. 3. The driver was an Uber driver who was going to pick up passengers at the time of the pedestrian accident. The injured woman filed a lawsuit recently, claiming that the software used by Uber drivers violated New York law by distracting the driver.
Pedestrians can be found crossing the streets of New York at all times of the day and night. Although pedestrians should follow street crossing rules, it is also up to motorists to keep a watchful eye out for individuals crossing the street and yield accordingly. When this does not happen, it can result in a tragic pedestrian accident.
There has been a nationwide increase in pedestrian deaths from traffic accidents since 2009. Recently, such deaths are running about 15 percent higher than in 2009. Transportation officials in New York and other cities are studying the problem and making changes designed to lower the incidence of pedestrian injury and death.
In New York City, there appears to be a particular problem with elderly pedestrians being struck and killed while crossing the street. The statistics show more elderly are killed in a pedestrian accident as opposed to a younger pedestrians. That may indicate that an older person has a slower reaction time, and perhaps a body that is less elastic and more brittle than a younger person's, making the elderly more prone to pedestrian injury and death than others.
A new kind of traffic danger faces pedestrians in Central Park in New York and perhaps many other locations. The danger is that of a pedestrian accident involving a collision with a speeding bicyclist. It happened Sept. 18 in Central Park on West Drive near 62nd Street. A cyclist on an expensive sport bike was traveling reportedly at high speed through Central Park when he crashed into a 59-year-old mother who was in town shopping for her daughter's birthday present.
A group of tourists traveling through New York recently had a gruesome experience that will likely remain in their thoughts for a long time. The double-decker bus in which they were traveling knocked down an elderly pedestrian and the occupants of the upper deck of the bus were reported to be horrified by the experience. The pedestrian accident happened on a recent Wednesday afternoon in the West Village.