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Staten Island pedestrian hit and run injures grandmother

Pedestrians should know the dangers they face from motorists. Drivers are frequently ignorant of pedestrians for a variety of reasons. What makes a pedestrian accident worse is when the driver flees the scene, making it a hit and run. As a result, these pedestrian should know how to pursue compensation in a legal filing.

Woman, two children critically injured in pedestrian accident

The roads in Staten Island can be exceedingly dangerous for pedestrians even when they are following all the safety rules when crossing the street. A pedestrian accident can cause a substantial amount of damage to those who have been hit. This is due to myriad factors including the lack of protection pedestrians have and the speed at which vehicles are often moving. Injuries and fatalities are not unusual in pedestrian accidents and these can cause financial, emotional and personal problems for an extended period. Those who have been affected by one of these accidents must understand how a legal filing can help them in its aftermath.

Safety measures have made some NY streets safer

Safety measures, such as 3-foot steel cylindrical bollards, prevented additional fatalities and injuries when a motorist plowed his car into pedestrians in Times Square last month and killed an 18-year-old woman and injured 20 other pedestrians. This tragedy has sparked a review of safety measures imposed in 2012 to prevent future injuries from terrorists or even negligent parties.

City may be liable for Brooklyn Bridge cyclist-pedestrian crash

When a cyclist is involved in a crash in New York City, the cyclist may not be the only one legally responsible for any injuries that result. A local government may also be responsible by not taking adequate precautions to protect cyclists and pedestrians who share the same lane. A judge recently decided that the City may be held liable for these accidents on the Brooklyn Bridge because it knew or should have been aware of the dangers on the bridge that led to a July 2010 collision between a pedestrian and a cyclist.

Pedestrian deaths set record in 2016

Projections indicate that there was an 11 percent increase in fatalities attributed to pedestrian accidents in this country in 2016 from one year earlier. This was the greatest increase in the actual number of deaths, according to a report made by the Governors Highway Safety Association that was issued in late March.

Pedestrian hit by bus in New York City in serious condition

Whether you are a car driver, motorcycle rider, or even a pedestrian, stressing that one should always proceed with caution while on the roads cannot be understated. Yet despite any precautions you may take, accidents are often unpredictable, and an accident can happen to any person at any time.

Civil trial process for pedestrian accident lawsuits

The last thing a New York City pedestrian expects is to be rundown by a speeding vehicle. However, it happens fairly often, forcing the injured pedestrian to file suit against the driver responsible for the accident. Once a pedestrian has decided to file a claim in court, it is important to be aware of the civil trial process, as it differs significantly from the criminal trial process. For instance, a civil trial resulting from a pedestrian accident requires the judge or jury to determine whether the defendant should be held responsible for the plaintiff's injuries based on a preponderance of the evidence. This standard is easier to meet than the "beyond a reasonable doubt" standard that must be met in criminal court.

New York man involved in drunk driving accident

As we celebrated the beginning of a new year, drunk driving accidents were occurring all across the country. Two teenagers are in critical condition after suffering severe injuries in a New York drunk driving accident. The pedestrian accident occurred shortly after midnight on New Year's Day. A man was allegedly driving when he crashed into another car and a pole before hitting the two teens. The man is now facing vehicular assault, DWI and other charges and is currently in jail on bail.

Possible new bill may help protect bicyclists and pedestrians

Pedestrians and bicyclists are among the most likely groups of people to be involved in a motor vehicle accident. Pedestrian accident victims suffer traumatic injuries, some of which are fatal. Fortunately, some of the dangers facing pedestrians and bicycle riders are finally being addressed by New York officials. A new bill put forth by the Department of Transportation gives both pedestrians and cyclists a better chance at making it to their destinations safely.

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