Car Crashes into Manhattan Deli, Injuring Multiple People
Another day, another accident. According to CBS News, at least five people suffered injuries when a livery cab collided with a taxi cab and then lost control, jumping the curb. The vehicle struck several pedestrians before slamming into a Deli. Among those injured were a 56-year-old woman and her teenage son, who were treated at the scene of the crash.
ABC News has reported that the accident, which occurred Thursday, May 10th, occurred at the intersection of West 21st Street and Eighth Avenue in Manhattan. Fortunately, authorities did not believe that any struck victims suffered from life threatening injuries.
Pedestrians at Risk
As this latest accident makes clear, those most at risk in car accidents in New York City are pedestrians, not other car drivers. Other motorists are usually well protected in their vehicles and can survive low-speed collisions of the sort that are typical in stop-and-go traffic in urban areas. Pedestrians, by contrast, bear the full brunt of any collision with a moving vehicle and can suffer catastrophic injuries even at low speeds.
According to statistics compiled by the Mayor’s office, pedestrians are ten times more likely to die in a collision than occupants of motor vehicles. Other findings include:
- Pedestrians made up a little over half of all traffic fatalities between 2005 and 2009.
- Distracted driving was a leading cause of pedestrian fatalities, accounting for a little over a third of all crashes.
- Serious pedestrian crashes are much more likely to happen on major streets than on smaller streets.
- Male drivers are much more likely to be behind the wheel in an accident that kills a pedestrian.
- Manhattan by far was the most dangerous borough in New York City for pedestrians.
- About 80% of crashes that kill or seriously injure a pedestrian involve private vehicles and not public transportation.
Making New York City Safer
To address the dangers of pedestrian accidents, the city adopted an action plan about 8 years ago. The action plan called for a variety of measures, such as:
- Installing pedestrian signals at intersections
- Re-engineering streets and intersections to improve pedestrian safety
- Measuring whether 20 mph zones are safer
Even with the action plan, pedestrian accidents continue to occur. If you have been struck while walking down the street, in a crosswalk, or even while visiting a business, you should contact a pedestrian accident attorney as soon as possible.
Compensation is Available
After a crash, you might feel overwhelmed with bills and paperwork to fill out. New York’s no-fault insurance scheme might leave you confused about who to call. You might also be worried about whether you can continue to pay your bills now that medical expenses are taking a larger bite out of your paycheck.
Fortunately, help is available. At the Law Offices of David J. Hernandez & Associates, our team of Brooklyn pedestrian accident lawyers will help you through the process of seeking financial compensation for your injuries. To start the process today, all you need to do is contact us. Please call 718-407-4123 to schedule your free and confidential consultation.