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New York City Crosswalks Create Dangerous Pathways For Pedestrians

New York City’s busy city streets can be a minefield for pedestrians. Each year, thousands of New York City pedestrians are struck by negligent drivers, and serious injuries or deaths can be the result.

The New York Daily News reported Patricia Crockett, a 51-year-old mother, became a pedestrian victim on May 10, 2011. Patricia Crockett was crossing Delancey Street in East Manhattan when she was hit by a privately owned garbage truck. The truck was turning left onto Essex Street when Patricia Crockett was run over by the rear wheels of the truck. Patricia Crockett was forced to walk on the road instead of using the sidewalk due to barricades along the curb and the corner of the street. New York City workers installed the barricades to block the sidewalk that had collapsed.

Patricia Crockett’s family filed a wrongful death claim seeking damages from the truck’s driver and owner and a $20-million claim against the City. The lawsuit is claiming the operator of the garbage truck was negligent due to the failure to observe Patricia Crockett on the street and the City’s negligent placement of the barricades.

NYC DOT Statistics Show Pedestrian Risks on City Streets

Dangerous roadways can lead to serious pedestrian accidents. NYC DOT’s statistics show that pedestrians face increased risks on the Big Apple’s streets:

  • From 2005 to 2009, pedestrians deaths accounted for 52 percent of all traffic-related deaths
  • Four times more pedestrian fatalities or serious injuries occured in Manhattan than other boroughs
  • Of the pedestrian fatalities in Manhattan, 43 percent of the pedestrians did not live in Manhattan

Driver error such asfailure to yield or inattentive driving was frequently cited as a cause or contributing factor to pedestrian fatalities in New York City.

The intersection of Delancey and Essex, where Patricia Crockett was killed, is one of many deadly intersections in New York City. Others streets like Third Ave, Broadway, Seventh Ave, and Amsterdam Ave are also among the most dangerous for walkers. If you or a family member has been involved in a pedestrian accident, please contact a NYC personal injury attorney to discuss your options.


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