Motorists hitting pedestrians on New York City sidewalks have been an all too common headline lately. It happened again on March 20 in East Flatbush, according to WABC-TV.
The driver of a Lincoln swerved to avoid a stationary vehicle and lost control, causing the car to slam into a crowded bus stop and hit a scaffold. The scaffold fell, injuring 12 people, including a woman and her toddler who were hospitalized. The driver, who was not charged, was also hospitalized along with her nephew, who was riding with her.
A witness told the New York Daily News that the driver was speeding before the crash.
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s Pedestrian Safety Study and Action in 2010 specifically targeted these problems – speeding and safety for pedestrians.
The comprehensive study found that pedestrian fatalities occur disproportionately along multi-lane streets and avenues. It also found that speeding, driver inattention and failure to yield are the underlying factors behind the vast majority of accidents involving pedestrian fatalities and injuries.
The report recommended a series of actions to reduce pedestrian accidents, including pilot programs to reduce speed limits to 20 mph and street redesigns to increase pedestrian safety.
The current speed limit in New York City is 25 mph.
Regardless of these efforts, the accidents continue. If you have been injured in an accident due to someone else’s negligence, contact the experienced New York City accident and injury law firm of David Resnick & Associates, P.C., immediately to determine your rights.