Pedestrian Accidents Archives

Distracted Driving Contributes to Massive Increase in Pedestrian Accidents in New York City

A nationwide study has uncovered that distractions (including cellphones) contributed to a massive increase in pedestrian accident in New York City and elsewhere around the country. The study's authors found that in 2016, distractions directly contributed to an 11% increase in the number of people struck by cars, trucks, bicycles, and other forms of transportation here in NYC. Shockingly, this increase comes on top of the hundreds of thousands of dollars the city has sunk into pedestrian safety measures such as slow zones, redesigned crosswalks, dedicated bike lanes, and re-timed crossing signals.

SoHo Apartment Accident Leads Investigators to Thousands of Defective Fire Escapes

A man was killed in an apartment accident in SoHo last month when a rusty fire escape step broke loose and fell seven stories to the ground. The step struck a gentleman below in the head and killed him. When investigators arrived at the building, they discovered that there were three more steps on the fire escape that were loose and very likely to fall in the near future. In this particular case, the fire escape had been inspected in 2013 and categorized as safe. According to one expert that inspection failed to note serious deficiencies and if completed properly, could likely have saved a life.

Pedestrian Accident in Brooklyn Leaves Victim Hospitalized

Police are investigating a serious pedestrian accident in Brooklyn that left one victim hospitalized. The crash occurred in Sunset Park at the intersection of 39th Street and Fourth Avenue on January 21st. Rescue crews arrived to find the victim unresponsive on the pavement. The individual was rushed to nearby Lutheran Hospital with serious injuries.

Deadly Crosswalk Accident Leaves One Dead, One Injured

A New York City woman was killed and a man injured in a fatal crosswalk accident earlier this month. The two were crossing the street in a marked crosswalk together when they were struck by an automobile. Both victims were tossed up over the hood of the car and smashed into the windshield. The woman was killed instantly. The man suffered serious injuries and was rushed to a nearby hospital.

Pedestrian Accident in The Bronx Leaves 2 Injured

A terrible pedestrian accident in The Bronx sent two people to the hospital late last month. The victims, one adult and one child, were crossing the street near 1610 Sedgwick Ave. in Morris Heights early on the afternoon of October 26th when a car smashed into them. FDNY arrived on scene within minutes and rushed both victims to nearby New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center. One of the victims was listed in serious condition. The other was listed as critical.

Sidewalk Cellar Door Accident Leaves Legally Blind Woman injured

An elderly woman in New Jersey was severely injured after falling nearly six feet into the cellar of a building in Plainfield earlier this week. The 67-year old was walking down the sidewalk when she tripped over an open cellar door and fell head-first into the basement. The whole sidewalk cellar door accident was capture on video. The evidence clearly shows the individual working in the basement (repairing gas lines according to police) had failed to put up hazard notifications such as caution tape or cones.

Load Lifted By Crane Accident on Staten Island Claims Life of Worker

Falling objects accidents in New York City can be devastating. Tall construction cranes typically are massive machines that lift heavy loads overhead. These loads, which are suspended by cables and carry straps, can themselves pose a threat to construction workers and pedestrians passing by the jobsite if the loads are not secured properly and somehow break free from the carry straps. The latest deadly crane accident in New York City happened in the middle of last month. A 54-year old construction worker was killed on Staten Island when part of the load being lifted by a crane slipped free and struck him.

Crosswalk Accident in Queens Kills 1-Year Old Girl and Injures Mother

A deadly crosswalk accident in Queens has claimed the life of a 1-year old infant and injured the girl's mother, leaving her in the hospital. The tragic life-altering crash happened on March 23rd at the intersection of 23rd Avenue and 94th Street around 9PM. The little girl was in a stroller being pushed by her mother when a large Dodge Ram pickup truck turned into the crosswalk and struck them both. The little girl was killed instantly. Eyewitnesses report hearing the heart-rending sound of the stroller being crushed and the mother screaming for help.

Safety Advocates Alarmed by Number of Bicycle and Pedestrian Accidents in New York City

New York City has a population of over 8 million people. It is therefore not surprising that the true number of bicycle and pedestrian accidents in New York City has been pretty much kept a secret. Few of these tragic accidents make headlines (only if it involves someone famous) and most remain unreported to the general public. That's why safety advocates were shocked to learn that NYC's official traffic accident data shows over 10,000 pedestrians and 4,200 bicyclists were injured in crashes last year.

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