pedestrian accidents

Woman Trapped by SUV Saved by Good Samaritans

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On the evening of January 26, 2020, as a woman attempted to cross the street at Delancey and Norfolk Street on the City’s Lower East Side, she was suddenly struck by an SUV.  After being struck, the woman became trapped underneath the SUV.  Onlookers immediately came to her rescue and helped free her from underneath the car, once again showing the integrity and compassion that exists amongst the residents of New York City.

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COVID-19 Quarantine Has Led to an Increase in Speeding Tickets in NYC

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The coronavirus pandemic has caused many significant changes in people’s lifestyles, with most people now staying home whenever possible. This has significantly reduced rush hour traffic and has led to fewer vehicles on the road. Many of us may have also seen a temporary reduction in our car insurance premiums for vehicles that we are barely using. However, the reduction in traffic has also brought about some changes to the traffic habits of those still on the road.

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Police on Lookout for Queens Hit-and-Run Driver

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Queens Boulevard has long been known as one of the most dangerous roads for pedestrians in Queens, and unfortunately, another pedestrian found this out the hard way in late March. According to reports, a woman was attempting to cross the Boulevard early in the morning when she was struck by a driver. The woman was left in critical condition, and the police are currently on the lookout for the driver who hit her.

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School Bus Driver Charged in Fatal Accident

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A man driving a school bus has been charged with failing to yield to a pedestrian and failure to exercise due care in the death of a ten-year old girl. The girl and her brother were walking to school when they were hit by the bus. They were both transported to the hospital where the girl was unfortunately pronounced dead.

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Six Pedestrians Killed by Drivers Over Two-Day Span in NYC

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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.

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New York City Bicyclist and Pedestrian Accidents

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A recent New York Post article detailed an issue that has been plaguing New York City in recent years: accidents involving bicyclists and pedestrians.  Since 2011, New York City bicyclists have injured more than 2,250 pedestrians.  The injuries include at least seven that have died from the injuries they sustained.  Although the New York Vision Zero initiative has made strides to try and curb these accidents, the amount of pedestrian accidents involving bicyclists have increased thi

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Bill Will Allow NYC Cyclists To Pass Through LPI Intersections

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Earlier this year, New York City Councilman Carlos Menchaca introduced a bill that would allow cyclists to ride through certain red lights. Currently, cyclists and cars are treated the same way under the law. The bill would allow for cyclists to ride through red lights with Lead Pedestrian Intervals (LPIs), which extend the duration of a red light to give pedestrians additional time to cross the street before traffic begins to move. According to the Department of Transportation (DOT), there are almost 1,500 intersections throughout New York City that have LPIs.

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Uptick in Traffic Deaths

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During New York City Mayor Bill Deblasio's campaign, he vowed to bring pedestrian deaths to zero by 2024. According to Vision Zero data from city hall, in the month of September, there were nine pedestrian fatalities and 816 pedestrians injured from car related incidents. Also, there was one cyclist death and 527 cyclists injured. So far for the year 2016, there have been 98 pedestrian and 17 cyclist deaths.

 

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