Pedestrian fatalities in New York City in the past two years have fallen 30 percent, city officials have announced. According to AM New York, so far this year, 86 pedestrians have been killed by vehicles, which is a significant decrease from 2013, when 134 people had been killed. It is also about a 15 percent drop from 2014, when 101 pedestrians had been fatally injured. Overall, traffic accident deaths are down 17 percent this year from 199 at this point last year to 165 this year. Almost 1,000 fewer pedestrians have been injured as well by vehicles.
Mayor’s Vision Zero Plan
Mayor Bill de Blasio launched a program called Vision Zero in the first year of his administration with a goal to ultimately end all traffic deaths citywide. As part of the mayor’s plan, the city has lowered vehicle speed limits to 25 mph adding hundreds of new speed cameras and redesigning the dangerous Queens Boulevard. The city’s Department of Transportation said in a City Council hearing that it plans to relocate 30 of its red lights. However, there have been some setbacks such as four pedestrian fatalities from collisions with cyclists that occurred in 2014.
While a 30 percent reduction in pedestrian accident deaths is impressive for the city’s administration, it doesn’t take away the fact that 86 pedestrians were still killed on city roadways. Just over the last couple of weeks, we saw a spike in fatal pedestrian accidents citywide. The dangers that pedestrians face in New York City still remain.
Common Pedestrian Accident Injuries
Collisions with vehicles often prove fatal for pedestrians. As New York City personal injury lawyers, we see in numerous cases that these types of crashes also result in catastrophic injuries that leave victims with lifelong disabilities. Here are some of the most common types of injuries sustained in pedestrian accidents:
• Traumatic brain injuries: Such trauma to the brain may range from concussions to brain swelling or bleeding, resulting in permanent physical and cognitive disabilities. Pedestrian accidents may result in head injuries because pedestrians have nothing to protect them in the event of a collision. In most pedestrian accidents, we see that pedestrians either strike their head on the ground or against the vehicle that hits them.
• Spinal cord injuries: When a vehicle strikes a pedestrian with great force, he or she may suffer back fractures or a severed spine resulting in paralysis. Other neck and back injuries may also result in chronic pain for victims.
• Multiple broken bones: Fractures often require the victim to undergo extensive physical therapy and other rehabilitative treatments. Victims may need weeks or even months or more of therapy to regain lost strength and mobility.
• Amputations: Pedestrian accidents may also result in loss of limbs. These are the types of injuries that may result in loss of employment and livelihood, etc.
• Internal organ damage: Vital organs such as the heart, lungs, kidneys and spleen may be damaged in pedestrian accidents.
What to Do after a Pedestrian Accident
If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident, there are many steps you can take to ensure that your rights are protected. File a police report and obtain a signed copy for your records. Preserve physical and other evidence from the scene. Collect pertinent information from all parties involved in the collision. Secure contact information for anyone who may have witnessed the crash. Get prompt medical attention and treatment for your injuries. Document all the expenses you incur in the aftermath of the incident. Keep a journal of the physical, emotional and financial challenges you are facing as the result of the pedestrian accident and injuries sustained. Immediately contact an experienced pedestrian accident attorney.
Compensation for Victims and Families
Injured victims of pedestrian accidents 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. The family members of a deceased pedestrian accident victim can file what is known as a wrongful death claim seeking compensation for damages such as lost future income, medical and funeral expenses, pain and suffering, etc.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a pedestrian 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 accident attorneys will also be able to help negotiate and/or litigate with your insurance company and secure the maximum possible compensation for your injuries, damages and 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, and $3,000,000 for a pedestrian who was hit by a car.
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Source: AM New York
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