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.
To put those figures in perspective, every New Yorker has roughly a one in three hundred chance of being injured or killed in a bicycle or pedestrian accident in New York City annually. To make things even worse (and not surprising), the victims were not at fault in the majority of these cases. Many of these accident resulted in serious injuries; not only causing pain and suffering but placing a huge financial burden on the victim and family because of the lost time from work.
The Mayor’s Office has taken note of these unprecedented numbers of preventable accidents and has sunk millions of dollars into the Vision Zero Program aimed at eliminating all traffic deaths. However, even with slow zones, pedestrian crosswalk bump outs, dedicated bike lanes, and timing changes to crossing signals, thousands of people are being struck by cars, trucks, buses and commercial vehicles.
Victims of these debilitating pedestrian and bicycle accidents in New York Cityhave recourse. At fault drivers and vehicle owners can held financially responsible for the injuries and financial losses they cause. That means victims can file suit to recover monetary compensation for pain and suffering of the injuries they cause, medical and/or funeral expenses and lost wages. In death cases, dependents can recover lost financial support.
If you’ve been injured while crossing the street or riding your bike, you need to contact an expert New York City pedestrian accident attorney. Call the experienced attorneys at the Law Offices of Nussin S. Fogel at 800-734-9338 or 212-385-1122 for your free consultation today.