In Manhattan and the five boroughs, public transportation is easily accessible and convenient. In fact, according to StatsBee, only about 23 percent of households own a car in Manhattan, and between 44 to 64 percent of households own a car in the other boroughs. Although there are more individuals who own a car in the boroughs, the percentage is still low as compared to the high 92 percent of households which own a car in America as a whole. Due to this lower percentage of car owners in New York City, there is always a plethora of pedestrians on the city streets. Unfortunately, though, there are many accidents involving pedestrian victims, who were just in the wrong place at the wrong time.
One incident occurred on January 30, 2016 at around 1 a.m. The Gothamist reported that the victim, a woman in her 30s, was hailing a taxicab when she was hit by a driver of a silver BMW. The victim was standing near Rodney Street and Metropolitan Avenue, in the Williamsburg area of Brooklyn. After being struck, the victim was rushed to nearby Bellevue Hospital and listed in critical condition due to head trauma.
This was not the only incident that occurred that night. A man was fatally stuck in Washington Heights when a truck flipped over because a separate car, driven by a drunk driver, collided with the truck. The drunk driver was going down the wrong side of West 181st Street near Amsterdam Avenue. Additionally, a woman was also struck but survived.
Efforts to improve New York City pedestrian safety is an ongoing process. Regardless, auto accidents involving pedestrians are an unfortunate reality for too many people. If you have been in a pedestrian accident that resulted from someone else’s negligence or recklessness, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact an experienced personal injury attorney who can advise you of your legal rights and remedies. Call Georgaklis & Mallas PLLC at (718) 238-2400 or (212) 779-2400.