In New York or any large city, crossing the street as a pedestrian has its risks. With the number of drivers who are speeding, reckless, distracted, under the influence and are otherwise behaving in a dangerous way, pedestrian accidents can happen without warning. These crashes can cause serious injuries and fatalities. A pedestrian's vulnerabilities are inherent when they are hit by a car. Understanding statistics for these crashes is important. So too is considering a legal filing for compensation after such a collision.
A recent study indicates that New York is the home for many of the riskiest intersections across the U.S. In the study from Autoinsurance.org, New York falls into the 10 worst cities for intersection deaths. Of the 15 deadliest, New York is named five times. For 2011 to 2013, the two most common locations for fatal pedestrian accidents at an intersection were in Long Island City and Brooklyn. They alternated for having the most fatalities.
Other cities have experienced the same rise in fatal pedestrian accidents as New York. Since 2010, there was a 27% rise in intersection deaths across the nation. The survey assessed the years 2010 to 2017. During that time, there were 24 fatalities at an intersection each day. In total, there were more than 8,750 each year. In New York, there were more than 700. Mayor Bill de Blasio has taken steps to reduce these deaths with Vision Zero. There has been a decrease in such fatalities in recent years. However, for 2019, there was a 21% rise. By mid-September there were 149 traffic deaths for the year.
No matter how busy it is in New York, that does not grant drivers the right to be negligent when behind the wheel. When there are pedestrian accidents, the victim can face massive medical expenses and their lives can be upended. If there is a fatality, the family left behind must consider their financial and personal future. A lawsuit might help with covering financial damages from a pedestrian accident.