Preliminary data published recently by Streetsblog.org indicate that more pedestrians and cyclists may have been killed or injured in New York City traffic accidents in 2012 than in the previous year.
Direct year-by-year comparisons cannot be made until the N.Y. Department of Vehicles provides a final 2012 count later this year. However, according to the preliminary numbers:
- 136 pedestrians and 19 cyclists died in 2012, up from 143 pedestrian deaths and 22 cyclist deaths the year before.
- 11,621 pedestrians and 3,844 cyclists were injured in 2012, an increase from the 10,660 pedestrian and 3,504 cyclist injuries of 2011.
By borough, the preliminary data included:
- Brooklyn – 48 deaths; 5,377 injuries.
- Manhattan – 41 deaths; 3,959 injuries.
- Queens – 40 deaths; 3,483 injuries.
- Bronx – 19 deaths; 2,142 injuries.
- Staten Island – 7 deaths; 504 injuries.
If you are involved in a pedestrian or cycling accident, you should report the accident, even if you do not think you have been badly injured. Some injuries, such as head injuries, are not apparent until later. According to Brainline.org, brain injuries are complex, with some symptoms appearing immediately, “while others may not show up for days or weeks after the concussion. Sometimes the injury makes it hard for people to recognize or to admit that they are having problems.”
This can be a special concern for cyclists, because police often do not investigate a bicycle accident if the rider does not appear to be seriously injured.
If you are struck by a motor vehicle while you are walking or riding a bike, do not leave the scene, even if you do not think you have been injured. Call the police, document the incident, find witnesses, make sure an accident report is filed and seek medical help.
Contact the knowledgeable New York accident and injury attorneys at David Resnick & Associates, P.C., to determine whether you are entitled to compensation. We offer a free evaluation of your claim. Call 212-279-2000 or send us a quick message.