Lever & Ecker, PLLC January 31, 2022 Pedestrian Accidents
On January 19th, Mayor Eric Adams announced his “Vision Zero” program, implementing several new rules and practices to increase pedestrian safety in New York City. The announcement came following an increase in pedestrian accidents and fatalities, and immediately after a 15-year-old was fatally struck by a school bus on Monday, January 17th. Outrage spread through the streets of New York as a video showing the hit-and-run accident surfaced on the New York Post. The school bus turned into an intersection as the teenager crossed the street near her high school, causing her to suffer fatal injuries.
New York City’s official website states that 55% of pedestrian fatalities and 79% of pedestrian traffic injuries occur within intersections. With concern for pedestrian safety higher than ever, for good reason, Mayor Adams and governmental agencies including the New York City Police Department (NYPD) and New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) are implementing these new traffic rules and procedures in effort to provide greater protection to pedestrians.
These new changes, which will affect more than 1,000 intersections around New York City, including:
Government officials and New York residents hope that these new regulations and procedures will decrease the number of severe, and all-too-often fatal, pedestrian accidents.
While it is hoped that these new regulations and campaigns, and additional ones in the future, will greatly decrease and even eliminate pedestrian injuries, until then, Lever & Ecker, PLLC, is here for you. Our personal injury lawyers have over 60 years of combined experience advocating for the rights of our clients, including many who have been injured as pedestrians. We understand how complicated and overwhelming the legal process can be, and we will be there for you every step of the way.