Traffic Accident Fatalities in NYC have Surged in 2019
The city has made traffic safety a priority with its Vision Zero program, which aims to reduce the number of traffic-related deaths to zero. Unfortunately, if you’ve been out and about recently, you’ve probably noticed that the plan is hardly working. There seem to be accidents everywhere. As reported at StreetsBlog NYC, traffic fatalities have actually surged so far in 2019.
From January 1 to April 7, there have been 54 fatalities in NYC, which is almost a 40% jump from a year ago. If this pace continues, we could see 280 deaths for all of 2019. Certainly, this is not the type of momentum that the architects behind Vision Zero hoped to see. Indeed, the 202 fatalities in 2018 were noted as prime motivation for the Vision Zero program.
Brooklyn Has Been Hit Hard
Parts of Brooklyn have seen their number of fatalities jump through the roof. For example, Brooklyn South has seen the number of fatalities more than double, up to 13 from only 6 a year ago. Also, injuries to cyclists have also seen a double-digit percentage increase.
Brooklyn North has also seen a spike in accidents. Fatalities have risen 20% from a year ago and show no indication of slowing down.
Not all boroughs have been equally affected. Queens South has, so far, seen a slight drop in the number of fatalities, from 9 to 7. However, the number of accidents causing injuries has gone up markedly.
Who is to Blame for the Increase in Accidents?
StreetsBlog seems to lay some of the blame at the feet of Mayor de Blasio, who is considering a run for President. For example, de Blasio has not fully focused on the cause of fatalities—car drivers. Instead, city police officers continue to target cyclists for traffic tickets even though they do not cause any fatalities. de Blasio has also rejected calls to create streets free of cars.
The Mayor’s stance is at odds with the City Council, which has announced that it will pass significant legislation to break the city’s dependence on cars. One piece of legislation, for example, would dramatically increase the number of protected bike lanes being built in the city.
Non-fatal Car Accidents Have Increased as Well
It is not only fatalities that have increased. The number of collisions reported to the New York Police Department has surpassed 55,000 in only the first three months of the year. That is a staggering number of car accidents. Of these, about 10,500 involved injuries to a cyclist, pedestrian, or motorist, so the emergency rooms have been busy dealing with the carnage.
Brooklyn Auto Accident Lawyers Representing Your Interests
Vision Zero’s dream of a city without accidents is a long way off, as the above numbers attest. In the meantime, those injured in a car collision need compensation to help them cover their sudden medical and other expenses.
At the Law Offices of David J. Hernandez & Associates, our dedicated Brooklyn car accident lawyers have many years of experience obtaining favorable settlements for our clients and helping them get their lives back to normal. We negotiate with the at-fault driver’s insurance carrier, and are definitely not afraid to go into court and file a lawsuit if the insurance company refuses to meet our demands.
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