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Pedestrian and bicycle accidents on the rise in New York

New York City officials recently reported on the number of people killed in traffic accidents so far this year, and the statistics revealed some troubling trends. While the total number of motorists killed in the year through November 20 was the same as recorded for the same period in 2015, the number of pedestrians and bicyclists killed was higher.

According to the report, 202 people had been killed in city traffic accidents through November 20. This was the same number reported for the same period in 2015. However, the number of motorists killed fell in 2016, while the number of pedestrians and cyclists killed rose. Of 202 the motor vehicle accident fatalities so far in 2016, 124 were pedestrians and 17 were bicyclists. In the same time period in 2015, there were 115 pedestrians and 14 bicyclists killed.

This rise came in spite of a campaign by Mayor Bill de Blasio intended to improve pedestrian and cyclist safety.

The attempts on the part of the city government to protect these individuals were implemented with a greater number of bike lanes and safety projects. An advocacy group that focuses on transportation issues states that the number of deaths of pedestrians and bicyclists shows that Vision Zero is not working as it was intended and changes need to be made. Since there are certain areas throughout the city that are known as hazardous and are priority locations under Vision Zero trying to reduce speeding and yield issues at intersections and streets, the goal is to work for greater safety in 2017.

Regardless of the attempts to improve safety and make New York more bicyclist and pedestrian friendly, accidents are still occurring and leading to fatalities. With pedestrian and bicycle accidents, an injured person or the family members of a person who died need to be aware of their rights to seek compensation. A lawyer understands the statistics and realities and can assist in moving forward with a case.

Source: New York Daily News, "More pedestrians and cyclists are being killed despite Mayor's Vision Zero plan meant to end traffic deaths," Dan Rivoli, Nov. 27, 2016

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