The New York Police Department (NYPD) recently released a new crash data report and the numbers are discouraging. During the first quarter of 2013, 45 pedestrians and cyclists were killed by New York City motorists. This number is a sizable jump from the same period in 2012, when 33 pedestrians died. The injury toll is up, too.
As of the end of March, 3,590 NYC pedestrians and cyclists have been injured. Last year that number was slightly lower at 3,519.
Although NYC officials are attempting to improve the safety of City roadways, there is still a lack of accountability in serious traffic crashes. When a pedestrian is hit by a car, the at-fault driver usually avoids any criminal charges from the NYPD – unless the motorist is driving drunk. Further, dangerous intersections in lower-income areas seem to get less attention from the government.
Often, personal injury or wrongful death lawsuits are the only way that negligent drivers are held responsible. Injury suits allow the victim or surviving family members to recover money damages. If you or a loved one has been seriously harmed or killed by a motorist, contact an experienced New York car accident attorney to discuss your legal options.
Source: Streetsblog.org, “NYPD: 1,182 Pedestrians And Cyclists Injured, 12 Killed In Traffic In March,” Brad Aaron, April 25, 2013