It seems like there is a tragic pedestrian death every other day in the Big Apple and it is because, on average, there is. During 2013, a pedestrian fatality caused by a motor vehicle occurred every 2.4 days, accounting for 156 deaths.
The fatal pedestrian-accident statistics are particularly alarming because they continue a trend. In the last three years, pedestrian fatalities have increased, from 142 (2011) to 152 (2012) and 156 last year.
In 2014, the pedestrian-fatality rate is sky high; if it continues at this pace there will be more than 200 NYC pedestrian deaths this year.
In the past, former Mayor Bloomberg has been quick to highlight progress his administration has made in traffic safety. We’re hoping that Mayor Bill de Blasio will bring fresh ideas for improving NYC pedestrian safety and won’t celebrate trivial hints of progress. Pedestrian safety needs to significantly strengthen – and quickly.
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured or killed by a NYC motorist, you may have the right to file a lawsuit and collect money damages. An experienced New York City pedestrian accident attorney can help you examine your legal options.
Source: NY Daily News, “Pedestrian Deaths From Vehicle Strikes Are Quickly Rising In New York City,” Thomas Tracy, Jan. 13, 2014