Bicycling as a main mode of transportation has come a long way in the past few years. As the cost of gassing up our motor vehicles has gone up, the appeal of bicycling in the boroughs of New York has increased.
New York is said to be a city that runs on its feet. That being the case, it may be surprising that there aren't more accidents involving injuries and deaths to pedestrians. Still, the city does have its share.
In just the last 30 days, cars have jumped the curbs of streets in New York City five times and struck innocent pedestrians. Three people have died and two people have been seriously injured. Prosecutors have opted not to file serious criminal charges in any of the cases.
When an individual steps into a crosswalk, the expectation is that the white lines represent some level of security for the pedestrian. New York law requires that drivers yield to pedestrians in crosswalks, especially if the intersection isn't controlled. But that law isn't always observed. Too often, pedestrian accidents leave individuals severely injured or dead.
The days are getting longer again as we work our way out of the winter season. As everyone knows, though, we aren't out of the tough weather. Still, the sun is gone by about 5:30 in the evening around Nassau County. Perhaps those things combined contributed to the fatal pedestrian accident this week in Seaford. Police say there was no criminality involved.
Under New York law, every pedestrian has the obligation to obey some common sense rules regarding traffic to maintain safe crossing practices. At the same time, drivers of vehicles have a responsibility to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks and be particularly cautious if weather makes driving conditions unsafe or if lighting affects visibility.
Step for step, it appears that men and women come out about even when it comes to walking, but when it comes to accidents involving pedestrians and vehicles, more men wind up suffering fatal injuries. Those are the conclusions of one group of researchers. Considering the number of people who daily hoof it in New York City, this might data of interest to readers.
Car vs. pedestrian accidents can be a very serious type of motor vehicle accident. Such accidents can cause great harm to pedestrians. Such accidents can sometimes even result in a pedestrian getting fatally injured. This is one of the many reasons why it is very important for motor vehicle drivers to exercise proper care when driving in areas where pedestrians are present.
In a previous blog post, we discussed a bill that would increase the default for uninsured motorist coverage in New York. Yesterday, a Brooklyn hit and run accident showed just how important higher uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage limits are. If the at-fault driver had not been caught, the victims would have had to turn to their own insurance for financial compensation. This may still be the case if the at-fault driver does not have insurance.
Lindsay Lohan is at it again. She was arrested after hitting a restaurant worker and then leaving the scene of the New York City accident. Prosecutors, however, have decided not to press charges. They will not give details about their decision.