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.
But experts say that no matter what safety improvements the city makes, the number one factor in preventable distracted driving accidents will always be the human element. Indeed, until drivers (and pedestrians themselves) can make the commitment to put phones down, keep their eyes on the road, and their hands on the wheel, there will continue to be a shocking number of injurious pedestrian accidents in New York City.
Major cities around the country have made huge investments in social changes. By changing the automobile-centric mindset of the average driver, public outreach campaigns have helped to educate drivers about their responsibility to keep pedestrians safe.
Drivers according to New York City traffic laws must yield the right of way to pedestrians in any crosswalks. If they fail to do so, they can be held financially liable for the New York City pedestrian accident .
Regardless of whether the injuries sustained in an accident are severe or relatively minor, accident victims must press hard for the compensation they deserve. Especially when the injuries are severe, the case will be vigorously defended by the insurance company. They will either refuse to pay at all or simply refuse to pay what the case is worth. It is for these reasons, accident victims need to hire a competent and experienced pedestrian accident attorney in New York City.
If you’ve been struck by a distracted driver, get the expert legal help you need right now. Call the Law Offices of Nussin S. Fogel at 800-734-9338 or 212-385-1122 for your free consultation.