Over the course of 48 hours across New York City in late December, six separate pedestrians were slain by drivers. The accidents occurred across Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens, and involved victims ranging from 28 to 85 years old. While there isn’t a link between the deaths except for their timing, it is indicative of the gradual rise in pedestrian accidents and deaths across New York City over the past few years.
Fatal pedestrian accidents are up 10% in New York City over the past two years, rising from 104 pedestrian deaths in 2017 to 116 deaths in 2019. While the 2017 numbers were the lowest rate of pedestrian deaths since records of pedestrian accidents were first recorded a century ago, the gradual rise in pedestrian fatalities has created cause for concern among some city residents. Several of the drivers responsible for these deaths were arrested for various traffic violations, but others remain under investigation.
The deaths occurred only a week after Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a program intended to counter pedestrian accidents, specifically targeted at men who drive SUVs or trucks. This is because men account for more than 75% of all fatal pedestrian accidents, and 40% of those accidents involve men driving trucks or SUVs. At least three of the six most recent accidents also involved trucks or SUVs. While this program may be a good first step, some are wondering what else can be done to limit future pedestrian fatalities.
If you or someone you know has been struck by a vehicle, you should seek legal representation as soon as possible. An attorney experienced in personal injury matters will be able to advise you on how to receive the compensation you deserve. Put the experienced Brooklyn personal injury attorneys of Georgaklis & Mallas, PLLC on your side to vigorously represent you and fight for the compensation you and your family deserves. For more information or to schedule a consultation, please call (718) 238-2400.