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Could New York City be liable in a pedestrian accident?

Although traffic fatalities were slightly down, safety statistics took a dip last year for pedestrians and bicyclists in New York City, killing 229 people. Even more individuals across the city’s five boroughs suffered serious, but non-fatal, injuries.

One commentator, who is also the executive director of a street safety advocacy group, believes that better street design and traffic enforcement could take a dent out of pedestrian fatalities. He calls for simple upgrades, such as pedestrian refuge islands, pedestrian crossing signals, and protected bike lines. He has also identified specific intersections and street corridors that have the deadliest statistics.

Traffic enforcement officials may also help to keep New York City’s pedestrians and cyclists safe. In that regard, the NYPD Commissioner has committed to increasing enforcement against reckless driving, speeding, and/or failing to yield.

A recent state court decision also indicates that the law is on the side of pedestrians in New York City. Specifically, the decision held that a pedestrian accident victim may file a municipality lawsuit in situations where city officials failed to do their part in reducing crashes on particularly dangerous streets.

Our personal injury law firm is not afraid to seek accountability in the aftermath of a traffic crash. Whether we are representing injured victims in a personal injury lawsuit or surviving loved ones in a wrongful death lawsuit, we will thoroughly investigate the circumstances of the accident. If a driver and/or city officials were negligent, we will prepare a strong case for civil trial. Our New York City law firm is not afraid to fight.

Source: New York Daily News, “NYC needs funding for street redesign, an NYPD crackdown on traffic violations to prevent pedestrian deaths,” Paul Steely White, Jan. 14, 2017

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