Left-turn pedestrian accidents in New York City are among the most common types of pedestrian/car collisions in the city. Nationwide, they represent a full third (33%) of all pedestrian accidents at intersections. These types of crashes occur when a car is turning left or right at an intersection while a pedestrian is crossing the street. A number of factors make it difficult for drivers to see people in crosswalks. These contributory factors include the presence of other automobiles at the intersection, multiple lanes of traffic, and traffic light/crosswalk signal timing.
A pedestrian accident in New York City claimed the life of an elderly man who was out walking his dog early this month. The 66-year-old was struck by a vehicle while crossing Fourth Avenue in the Bay Ridge area of Brooklyn. The victim was struck so hard that he tumbled into the air, striking another car, before coming to rest near a tree.
A boy and his father out for a walk on a Thursday afternoon suddenly became the victims of pedestrian accident in Harlem last month. The father and son were walking on the sidewalk near their home when a white BMW driven by an unknown individual sped up, jumped the curb, and plowed into them. Both victims were knocked through a gate and left stunned. To add insult to injury, the driver of the car then exited his vehicle and attacked the father before fleeing the scene of the accident.
A terrifying pedestrian accident in New York City last month sent three young boys to the hospital with severe injuries. The kids were crossing the street in the Lindenhurst neighborhood of Long Island when they were struck by a sedan driven by a 20-year-old man. The three boys (ages 13, 12, and 9) were rushed to nearby Good Samaritan hospital and listed in serious, critical, and serious condition, respectively.
A fatal pedestrian accident in New York City late last month claimed the life of an elderly woman as she was returning home from a late night mass. The pedestrian accident on Staten Island resulted in an extensive search for the driver-who fled the scene of the crime.
A pedestrian accident in the Bronx left a woman critically injured after a driver failed to yield the right of way, dragged the woman underneath the vehicle, and pinned her against the side of a building.
Crosswalk accidents in New York City are one of the most common types of pedestrian accident anywhere in The Big Apple. In fact, they make up the majority of pedestrian involved collisions here and are responsible for the vast majority of serious injuries and fatalities that people on foot suffer. As New York City traffic laws are now written, every crosswalk accident could be considered a crime. Motorists have the responsibility to stop for pedestrians in crosswalks every time-whether the crosswalk is marked or not.
An early afternoon pedestrian accident in Manhattan left three people injured on August 22nd. The victims were standing near the intersection of East 31st Street and 3rd Avenue in Midtown when an SUV jumped the curb and smashed into them before striking a light pole. One of the women was actually struck not by the car but by a flying trash can. FDNY rushed to the scene and transported all three of the victims to nearby Bellevue Hospital. All three were reportedly in stable condition.
The number of people being hurt on by motorists on city streets is not decreasing-even as the city sinks hundreds of thousands of dollars into various "safety improvements" around NYC. In fact, new stats show that the number of bicycle and pedestrian accidents in New York is actually on the rise.
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.