New York City traffic cameras will soon begin issuing tickets as part of an initiative to crack down on speeders and reduce the number of pedestrian accident fatalities. According to an Associated Press news report, for several months now, the newly installed cameras have been giving out warnings to drivers caught speeding on certain city streets. But, now the city is starting to issue $50 fines to drivers who are caught on camera doing 10 mph over the posted speed limit.
The city is not saying where the cameras have been installed. However, by law, they must be within a quarter-mile of a school. Just in the first two weeks of 2014, 11 New Yorkers have been killed in traffic accidents including seven pedestrians. Mayor Bill de Blasio has referred to speeding as an epidemic in New York City. His goal, de Blasio says, is to eradicate traffic fatalities by 2024 under the “Vision Zero” plan.
Spike in Speeders
According to statistics released by the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT), the number of people killed on city streets in 2012 in accidents that involved a speeding motorist increased by 65 percent compared to 2011. In 2012, speeding motorists played a role in accidents that resulted in 81 deaths, compared to 49 lives lost the previous year. The data also showed that speeding was factor in nearly 30 percent of all traffic fatalities in 2012.
Laws and Liability Issues
New York’s speed limits are spelled out in the Vehicle and Traffic code, section 1180. New York has a basic speed law, which makes it illegal for drivers to drive faster than is “reasonable and prudent” based on current driving conditions. When a speeding driver injures or kills another individual, the driver, in addition to facing citations or criminal charges, can also be held civilly liable for the incident. Injured victims can seek compensation for damages including, but not limited to, medical expenses, lost wages and benefits, hospitalization, rehabilitation, permanent injuries, disabilities, past and future pain and suffering, etc. Also the owner of the vehicle can be held liable.
If you or a loved one has been injured or if you have lost a loved one as a result of a car accident, the experienced New York personal injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Kenneth A. Wilhelm can help you better understand your legal rights and options. Our skilled car accident attorneys have a proven track record of helping injured victims get fair compensation for their losses. Our law firm recently recovered $5,600,000 for a man who was hit by a van, and $2,550,000 for another victim of a truck accident.
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Source: Associated Press
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