Despite New York City’s campaign to prevent pedestrian and bicycle fatalities, 2020 was a deadly year for New York residents. Many New Yorkers are entirely dependent on walking to work and running errands. Unfortunately, being a pedestrian in New York can be extremely dangerous. Hundreds of New Yorkers die, and thousands become injured in pedestrian accidents every year.
Pedestrian Deaths Increased in New York City
Pedestrian deaths increased in 2020, along with automobile driver deaths in an alarming trend. Mayor de Blasio issued a management report in January 2021 which highlighted the following statistics about road and traffic fatalities:
- The total amount of road fatalities increased nearly 40%
- Pedestrian deaths increased by 60%, from 36 the previous year to 42 last year
- Motorcycle deaths increased by 80%, up to 27 last year from 15 the previous year
- Automobile driver deaths nearly doubled from seven last year to 13 this year
Many people are wondering why bicycle, driver, and pedestrian fatalities have increased so much. After all, more New Yorkers are working from home and have moved out of the city during the coronavirus pandemic. The cause of the increased fatalities could be due to shortcomings from the Department of Transportation. Many of the safety precautions that the Department of Transportation is responsible for have been decreased dramatically or cut off completely.
Why Has the Number of Pedestrian Fatalities Increased?
The installation of speed humps to stop speeding drivers declined to just five different speed humps. Likewise, the number of speed boards stopped entirely in 2020. The use of pavement safety markers declined by 19%, and the installation of painted bike lanes in New York City declined by over 40%. The installation of leading pedestrian intervals decreased by 70%. Finally, training for city employees to drive defensively decreased almost by half in 2020. All of these factors have contributed to an increase in pedestrian deaths in New York City.
What to Do if You are Injured in an NYC Pedestrian Accident
If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident in New York City, you may be wondering what you can do to recover compensation. New York is a no-fault insurance state. When you become injured in any type of auto accident in New York as a pedestrian, you can file a claim with your own insurance company to recover damages under your Personal Injury Protection (PIP) policy. Your PIP policy will cover medical bills and up to 80% of your lost wages. However, most PIP plans only cover up to $50,000 of damages. When you suffer a severe pedestrian injury, you can pursue a personal injury lawsuit with the at-fault party who caused your car accident.
Contact an NYC Pedestrian Accident Lawyer
The sooner you speak with a New York City pedestrian accident lawyer, the better. At Pulvers Thompson, We offer new clients a free initial consultation to discuss their pedestrian accident cases with one of our experienced personal injury lawyers. Contact us today to schedule your free initial consultation.