New York City is getting ready to commit to a large-scale overhaul of its streets, taking space from cars and trucks in favor of pedestrians, bicyclists and bus riders. According to a report in The Wall Street Journal, a bill that was passed by the New York City Council on Oct. 30, requires the city to create a master plan every five years to address this issue. The measure also requires annual benchmarks for significant increases in pedestrian space, bike lanes and bus lanes. This move comes at a time when bicycle accident deaths in the city are on track to reach their highest level in recent years.
What the Bill Means for New Yorkers
The ambitious plan requires the city to create one million square feet of pedestrian space within the first two years of its initiation. It also requires the city to add 250 miles of protected bike lanes and 150 miles of separated or camera-enforced bus lanes within the first five years. The bill also calls for thousands of traffic lights to be changed in order to give buses priority, for parking and loading rules to be changed and for thousands of bus stops to be upgraded with new benches and shelters.
City officials expect the master plan to provide big benefits citywide, the most important of all being saving lives. Mayor Bill de Blasio has already indicated that he will sign the bill. His administration will be required to create the first five-year plan. Officials also said the legislation replaces the city’s piecemeal approach to street design as well as incorporating it in city law and making it mandatory. The improvements are expected to cost the city $1.7 billion through 2032. More than half of that amount would go into bus-related improvements such as signs, new bus lanes and shelter and bench upgrades.
Injuries and Damages
Fatal accidents involving pedestrians and bicyclists have been increasing over the last few years. According to a recent report released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), since reaching a low in 2009, pedestrian accident deaths have risen more than 65 percent as of 2018. In fact, more pedestrians and bicyclists were killed in 2018 in the United States than any other year. In 2018, on average, 17 pedestrians and two bicyclists were killed each day in the United States.
When a larger vehicle strikes a bicyclist or a pedestrian, it is the pedestrian or bicyclist who suffers catastrophic or fatal injuries. Those who are injured in these types of accidents often suffer severe injuries that might require hospitalization and treatment including extensive physical therapy.
Injured victims will able to seek compensation for damages including, but not limited to, medical expenses, lost income and benefits, hospitalization, rehabilitation, permanent injuries, disabilities, past and future pain and suffering, etc. It is important to remember that pedestrian accident victims may be able to seek compensation for injuries or losses in a collision even if they were not walking in a marked crosswalk.
Contacting an Experienced Lawyer
If you or a loved one has been injured in a pedestrian or bicycle accident, or if you have lost a loved one in an auto accident caused by a negligent (careless) driver, 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, and also fight hard to recover just compensation for you.
For over 48 years, our skilled accident attorneys have established a proven track record of helping injured victims get fair compensation for their losses. Our law firm recently recovered $5,600,000 for a bicyclist who was hit by a van, and $2,550,000 for another victim of a truck accident, and $3,000,000 for a pedestrian who was hit by a car, and the full $1,000,000 insurance policy for a pedestrian who was hit by a truck, and $4,625,000 for a driver who was in a car and was hit by a van, and $2,500,000 for a man who fell through an improperly secured hole. Also, one of our clients obtained a verdict for $43,940,000 and another of our clients got a verdict for $23,500,000, both in medical malpractice cases.
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