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This year is turning out to be one of the deadliest for New York City pedestrians in the last four years, reported the New York Daily News (1.13.14). The tabloid came to its conclusion after analyzing NYPD reports from 2011 to January 12, 2014.
Most recently, a 9-year-old boy died after a taxi hit him on the Upper West Side. Cooper Stock was run over as he was walking in a crosswalk while holding his father’s hand. The yellow cab was making a left-hand turn at the time of the accident.
It was the second left-hand turn-related traffic death in under an hour for the neighborhood. A 73-year-old man was fatally struck and dragged by a tour bus as it turned onto Broadway only 40 minutes prior.
Five other people were also hit and killed by vehicles in the first 12 days of 2014, according to the New York Daily News’ analysis of NYPD reports.
If pedestrian deaths continue at the rate they are going, the city will surpass the 156 pedestrian fatalities in 2013. This means more than 200 pedestrians will be killed in a similar way by the year’s end.
In 2012 there were 152 fatalities, in 2011 there were 142. The number of children who died after getting struck by cars rose from seven to 13 between 2011 and 2013.
Plans to reduce the number of pedestrian deaths
During his campaign, New York City mayor Bill de Blasio said he would work towards eliminating traffic deaths and serious injuries altogether in the next 10 years. The plan was called Vision Zero. This initiative included adding more 20-mph “slow zones,” especially around schools and in pedestrian-dense areas; increasing enforcement of speeding and other reckless driving; installing automated enforcement cameras; and redesigning dangerous intersections and corridors. Other plans to reduce pedestrian fatalities include expanding the bike network and making bus service better.
The city is also thinking of increasing efforts to investigate collisions and criminally charge drivers who cause injury or take a life because they were driving dangerously.
Compensation and justice for pedestrian/auto accidents
Pedestrians, drivers or passengers who were injured in an auto accident caused by a driver’s intentional disregard for safety should consult with an experienced auto accident attorney. If a loved one died as a result of an auto accident injury, lawyers at The Perecman Firm can seek survivor’s damages through a wrongful death lawsuit.