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Hit-and-run pedestrian accident sends woman to hospital

Accidents are sometimes unavoidable in Staten Island and people are injured and lose their lives because of them. It is a tragedy when this happens and, in many instances, the cause is a driver who is operating a vehicle while distracted, under the influence or is otherwise reckless. With these crashes, one thing is certain: it is important for the driver to remain at the scene to call for emergency assistance and to provide important information. In fact, it is a law that the driver must remain at the scene. Should there be a crash and the driver flees, not only might a person who was hurt suffer worse injuries and even death because of that lack of care, but it is a crime. These are made worse when it is a hit-and-run pedestrian accident.

Bus-pedestrian accident kills woman as she crosses street

New Yorkers are keenly aware of the dangers they face when crossing the streets in such a big and busy city. Taking the necessary precautions, such as walking in the crosswalk and making certain to wait for lights to change, or to have the right of way, are all key points to remember. Since there are so many large vehicles and dangerous drivers around the city, it is imperative to remain vigilant. One thing that New Yorkers will often take for granted is that drivers who take to the roads professionally - specifically New York City bus drivers - will be risk averse and cautious. Unfortunately, that is not always the case and fatal pedestrian accidents can happen.

Staten Island woman hit by a car while crossing street dies

Anyone who ventures out of their home in Staten Island and throughout New York City will be aware of the number of vehicles that speed, behave recklessly, are negligent and place others in danger. In some cases, this will lead to a vehicle-pedestrian accident. Because pedestrians do not have the protection of a vehicle, there is a chance they will be injured and even killed in a crash. In many, the driver of the vehicle will choose to flee rather than stay at the scene, turning these crashes into hit-and-run accidents. People who have been injured or lost a loved one in a pedestrian crash should keep in mind that they have the right to seek compensation in a lawsuit.

Statistics show pedestrian accidents on the rise in Staten Island

Pedestrians should be attuned to the possibility that they could be in an accident with a motor vehicle any time they head out their door. In Staten Island, the statistics show that there has been an increase in the number of pedestrian accidents from 2016 through 2017 after a sharp decline from 2013 through 2015. These numbers come from the Traffic Safety Statistical Repository (TSSR).

Pedestrian accident statistics show increase in recent years

The danger for pedestrians in New York is inherent. The number of vehicles on the road and the frenzied nature of the city make it common that there will be crashes between vehicles and pedestrians. The statistics, however, indicate that the problem might be worse than initially thought.

Number of pedestrian accidents near New York schools problematic

Pedestrian accidents are a constant risk for people as they cross the busy New York City streets. This is a part of life in the city, and it often stems from drivers who are reckless, negligent, intoxicated or for many other reasons. People can suffer serious injuries when they are pedestrians and are hit by a motor vehicle. Some of the most vulnerable of these victims are children, and a new study shows that there are a troubling number of crashes outside New York City schools. When there are pedestrian accidents, the long-term problems should be considered when thinking about a possible legal filing.

Pedestrian accident in Staten Island parking lot injures toddler

Pedestrian accidents are a common cause of injuries in Staten Island and throughout New York. Many of these accidents happen on the roadways, but some happen in parking lots. The worst kind of pedestrian knockdowns are those that injure children.

Number of fatal pedestrian accidents maintains problematic rate

New Yorkers who are on the streets for any amount of time will be aware of the dangers to pedestrians. Because the city is so busy and people are often in a rush, there is a significant chance that there will be pedestrian accidents. This can happen because drivers are not paying attention, are reckless, are breaking the law and for many other reasons. Studies attempt to calculate the number of pedestrian accidents, determine their cause and take steps to stop them. People who have been hit by a car as a pedestrian should be cognizant of these studies.

Three pedestrians injured by USPS truck

New York City is exceedingly busy and a hub for business. With that comes many deliveries made throughout the five boroughs and across the state. Some of these deliveries are made by private companies. Others are made by government employees. It is a reasonable expectation that those who make these deliveries for a living will adhere to the law and make certain that they are operating their vehicles in a safe manner. Unfortunately, pedestrians are especially vulnerable to being hit by a car if drivers are not paying attention or make unsafe maneuvers. These pedestrians are at risk for injury and death after a crash. When there have been pedestrian knockdowns or other pedestrian accidents, a lawyer can help with seeking compensation.

Woman killed in hit-and-run accident

New York City is known for its traffic and the great number of people who take to its streets every day. Rush hour is known as one of the riskiest times for vehicles and pedestrians to share the road as people in a hurry and thinking about other things are prone to being in a car-pedestrian accident. Pedestrian accidents are especially dangerous because of the logistics involved. A pedestrian does not have much of a chance against a vehicle. Being hit can cause significant damage and lead to injuries and death. People who have been injured and families that have been affected by a fatal accident involving a loved one must know their rights to consider a lawsuit for compensation.

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