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School zone speed a risk for Staten Island pedestrian accidents

Pedestrians are in jeopardy of being injured and losing their lives in an auto accident at any time, but the most vulnerable people face the highest risk. Children are among them. While the law seeks to keep children safe in areas where they are known to congregate, drivers will still engage in a variety of risky acts that place children and others in danger. This is a concern not just in specific areas, but in other locations as well. Distracted drivers, drivers who go at excessive speeds, drivers under the influence, fatigued drivers and more can cause pedestrian accidents.

The Department of Transportation is about to have greater vigilance in one area where a child had been hit by a vehicle last June and is known to have drivers drive at excessive speeds. This is an issue in every school zone and those who have children should be cognizant of it. In this area in Stapleton, there will be a reduction in maximum driving speed to 20-mph. On a recent afternoon, three vehicles were found to be driving 10 mph above the speed limit in that area.

Staten Island woman seriously injured in pedestrian accident

When Staten Islanders are out and about as pedestrians, there is an expectation that if they follow the rules of the road, drivers will do the same. However, it is unfortunate that some drivers do not adhere to the basic traffic laws by stopping at red lights, stop signs and fail to yield to pedestrians. To make matters worse, some drivers hit a pedestrian and then flee the scene without regard as to whether the person needs medical attention. For those who were injured or had a loved one killed in pedestrian accidents, having legal advice is vital.

A 45-year-old woman who was in the crosswalk and had the green signal to walk was hit by a turning vehicle that subsequently fled the scene. A witness stated that he saw a white SUV hit the woman. She flew in the air, landed on the hood and then fell on the pavement. According to the victim, it was around 8:45 a.m. She had injuries to her face and legs. She was taken to the hospital.

Six people including two pedestrians suffer injury in crash

New York is a busy city with vehicles and people needing to share the road. For the most part, this is achieved with everyone adhering to the law and the basic rules for safety. However, since there are so many motor vehicles on the road, it is inevitable that there will be auto accidents. In some of these crashes, innocent bystanders can be hit. With the injuries and potential fatalities that can come about after auto accidents, those who were hit must think about the future and consider a legal filing for compensation.

A two-vehicle accident in which one of the cars was T-boned led to six people -- including two pedestrians -- being injured and hospitalized. The accident happened in the evening at around 6:30 p.m. A Subaru was heading north and a Toyota was going west. The vehicles collided at the intersection. The Toyota was sent careening toward a residence. It hit two pedestrians.

New study shows distracted drivers are still a major risk

In New York and throughout the United States, distracted driving is a major danger to everyone on the road. It does not take a significant amount of effort to look at drivers and see who is holding a device in their hand and is paying attention to it in lieu of watching the road. However, since legislators and law enforcement are increasingly cognizant of the problem distracted drivers present and have taken steps to stop them and issue citations, it was expected to reduce its frequency. Unfortunately, as a new study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) shows, people are still using their devices behind the wheel to an alarming degree.

IIHS conducted a study where in Northern Virginia. They watched drivers to see who had a cellphone in their hand, was manipulating it and who was talking into it. These drivers were found to be 57 percent more likely to be handling their device than they were in 2014. Over 2 percent of drivers observed did so in 2014. That rose to 3.4 percent in 2018.

Damages for pain/suffering may be available following car crash

You were recently involved in a car crash, and unfortunately, you are still feeling the effects of it a week later. For example, you are now suffering persistent headaches, and the accident has left you feeling depressed. Unfortunately, these medical issues are keeping you from being able to concentrate on your daily activities.

The silver lining in this gloomy situation is that you can seek compensation for your accident-related pain/suffering if the car crash was due to another motorist's carelessness. Here is a glimpse at what this process involves in New York.

Truck-pedestrian accident kills woman in New York

Our roads are dangerous year-round, but there are even greater risks during the winter. Large vehicles are frequently on the road to prepare for inclement weather, and these drivers might not be as vigilant as they should be when they are performing their duties. Another concern with these large trucks is that the vision is limited. People who are crossing the street have the right to expect drivers to take the appropriate care, but that does not always happen. In many unfortunate circumstances, there will be pedestrian accidents involving these vehicles. Many could result in a fatality. Those who have lost a loved one in such a crash should protect themselves by consulting with a lawyer.

A pedestrian accident killed a woman when a city worker crashed into her as she crossed the street. The driver then compounded the incident by fleeing the scene. The accident happened at around 6:30 a.m. when the driver, 33, was operating a sanitation vehicle to spread sand on the road. He was turning left when he hit the woman. A witness said that the driver stopped momentarily and then fled. The woman died at the site of the crash. Law enforcement is trying to identify her and notify her family. The driver was later found and questioned. The investigation is continuing.

Study indicates teen auto behaviors mimic parents

There are many dangers on the road in Staten Island, especially for teen drivers. While the blame for the risks they face are often linked to inexperience, behaving as distracted drivers and more, there are other issues that contribute to the chances of them being involved in or causing car accidents. Studies are done to try and narrow down why these crashes occur and reduce their frequency. One from Liberty Mutual says that teens are mimicking their parents' behaviors behind the wheel.

In the study, it was found that parents will drive at excessive speeds, take selfies and check their smartphones. Young drivers are with them in the vehicle, see these behaviors and copy them. Thirty-seven percent of parents use apps when behind the wheel, and 41 percent are using their cellphones. And, this may be the main cause of teens doing the same when they are driving or at a red light.

Taxi opening door causes fatal crash with delivery rider on bike

New York City is exceedingly busy with vehicles, motorcyclists, bicyclists and pedestrians needing to share the road. A major part of the city's landscape is the number of delivery people who are constantly on the road. Drivers will frequently fail to be as attentive as they should be and it can cause an accident. Delivery people are at risk because they are often using a moped, a scooter or a motorcycle. When there is an accident between a car and a smaller, two-wheel vehicle, it can cause serious injuries and death. Those who have been affected by such an incident must remember their rights.

A man making deliveries for a bagel store was killed when a cab driver opened the door and the delivery man crashed into it. The accident occurred at shortly after 6 a.m. The taxi was a 2003 Toyota Camry. The delivery man, 26, was thrown from his bike and was subsequently hit by a 2013 Nissan Pathfinder driven by a 53-year-old man. The victim was taken to the hospital and he died. All surviving parties who were involved stayed at the scene. It is still being determined whether charges should be filed.

Pedestrian accidents more prevalent in 2018

For New York City, the changing of the calendar from one year to another means many things. One is accumulating the statistics from the previous year. Auto accidents must be tracked to determine where safety implementations are showing success and where improvements are needed. While there was an overall reduction in the number of deaths on the road in the city, pedestrians found themselves in greater danger than ever before.

For those who have been injured in pedestrian accidents or lost a loved one in fatal pedestrian accidents, these statistics are important when thinking about a legal filing. There as an increase of 4.7 percent in fatal pedestrian accidents in 2018 with 111 people dying in these crashes. In December alone, there were 12 people killed. Given the number of deaths that happened in 2018 and the sudden spike in the last month of the year, the Transportation Commissioner stated that the goal of having no traffic deaths requires a lot more work.

Elderly man crossing street killed in car-pedestrian accident

Staten Island pedestrians must be ever-vigilant about motor vehicles when they are out. Cars can end up crashing into pedestrians for a variety of reasons. Obviously, the riskiest time for pedestrians is when they are crossing the street and it is getting dark. Entering wintertime means that it will get dark earlier, adding to the concern and the need for caution.

When there is a pedestrian accident, it often involves elderly people and children. Since they are among the most vulnerable members of society, it is imperative that drivers keep a close eye on them. When a person is unfortunate enough to be involved in a crash, it is wise to consider a legal filing with help from a law firm that handles pedestrian accidents.

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