A new study has found there have been more than 140 traffic accidents in Staten Island school zones over the last seven years. According to an article in the Staten Island Advance, the study conducted by several entities including Safer America, a consumer safety advocate, worked with a data visualization agency to map the location of every public school in New York City along with all the crashes that caused a pedestrian or bicycle fatality. The study showed that Staten Island alone had 142 crashes in school zones from January 2012 to July 2019.
Why School Zone Crashes Occur
The study identified all crashes from 2012 to 2019 that occurred within a 500-foot radius of each school in the city, mapping all bicyclist and pedestrian accidents that took place between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. near public schools. Staten Island, which is the least populated borough in New York City, had the least number of dangerous school zones. The zone with the highest number of crashes on Staten Island was at Prall Intermediate School, West Brighton, the study showed. This zone had 13 crashes and 13 pedestrians injured.
School zone crashes are a reality not just in New York City, but all over the country. This is because these areas are extremely busy during certain times of the day and this increases the risk of crashes. A majority of these crashes occur when students are out and about, either trying to get to school or leaving school to get home.
Some of the most common causes of school zone crashes include driver inattention or distraction and failure to yield the right of way. Often, failure-to-yield crashes are also caused by distracted drivers who are simply not paying attention to crosswalks and pedestrians. According to data, driver inattention and/or distraction is the leading cause of pedestrian accidents in New York City with more than 15,000 crashes attributed to this problem.
Safety Tips for Drivers in School Zones
Since a majority of car accidents and pedestrian accidents in school zones have been linked to driver negligence (carelessness), here are a few tips that drivers can use to stay safe, whether they are driving through school zones or dropping off their children:
• Rid yourself of all distractions when you are entering a school zone. Drivers’ delay in reaction time can make the difference between a near-miss and a deadly collision. Put away your cell phone and stay away from all other distractions when you are driving.
• Do not pass a stopped school bus that is loading or unloading children when the stop sign is extended and lights are flashing. Children involved in school zone accidents are usually hit by motorists illegally passing a school bus, according to research conducted by the National Safety Council.
• Always yield the right of way to pedestrians who are walking in crosswalks and at intersections, and at all other locations.
• Respect crossing guards. It is important to understand that crossing guards are placed at intersections where children are at most risk. If a guard is still in the roadway, drivers should assume that pedestrians are present.
• Reduce your speed. Every school zone has speed limit signs, but we often see a number of drivers in these zones who violate the speed limits. The higher the speed at which a pedestrian is struck, the greater the injuries.
Contacting an Experienced Lawyer
In such cases where negligence (carelessness) is established, drivers and vehicle owners can be held financially responsible for the injuries, damages and losses they cause, even if they are not criminally charged by the authorities. 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 collisions even if they were not walking in a marked crosswalk and even if the driver has not been charged. Our law firm recovered the full one million dollar insurance policy for a girl who was not in the crosswalk when a motor vehicle hit her.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a pedestrian 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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