Distracted driving accidents in New York have become a major concern for motorists, pedestrians, and policy makers alike. The NYPD has released statistics showing that nearly 1/3 of all auto accidents in New York City are caused by distracted drivers. That number showcases a huge danger on New York City streets.
In 2012 (the last year for which the DMV has complete statistics available) there were 68,000 auto accidents in New York City resulting in 253 fatalities. Many of these accidents involved pedestrians. In fact, that same year there were near 11,000 auto crashes involving pedestrians resulting in 10,800 injuries and over 100 fatalities in New York City alone.
The New York Department of Transportation is taking notice. In addition to ramping up their “Look Campaign” (part of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Vision Zero Campaign to eliminate traffic deaths in New York altogether) the DOT is pursuing legislation to toughen distracted driving laws even further, including making MTA drivers criminally liable for any injuries or fatalities they case. This is a huge step in the right direction because just last year of the 138 pedestrians killed by drivers on city streets, 9 of them were struck by MTA buses.
In one recent City council meeting, Assistant Commissioner Josh Benson testified that “. . . drivers account for the overwhelming number of crashes that lead to fatalities or serious injuries on our streets.” He went on to say that councilors should be looking at this very real danger instead of dealing with non-issues.
But what can you do if you’ve been struck by a distracted driver in New York City? Unless you have a lawyer on your side, you may not get everything you’re entitled to. Contact an expert New York City distracted driving accident attorney with experience winning awards for their clients. They can negotiate with insurance companies or even take the matter to trial should that become necessary. Call the Law Offices of Nussin S. Fogel for a free consultation at 646-736-2777 or 212-385-1122 to learn your rights.