New York cities are filled with pedestrians every day. People are always at risk of accidents while walking near traffic. If a pedestrian accident takes place on an interstate highway, the question of legal liability can become complex.
New York drivers may face a moral dilemma when driverless cars are finally available on the market although by then, regulation may have addressed the problem. On June 23, a study was published that asked 1,928 respondents about various hypothetical situations that might arise with self-driving cars. One was two people riding in a driverless car with obstacles on either side and pedestrians in the path ahead. The survey asked whether the car should hit a wall, injuring or killing the passengers, or save the passengers and hit the pedestrians instead.
New York is one of the most dangerous states in the country for pedestrians according to a report released in March 2016 by the Governors Highway Safety Association. The Empire State, along with Florida, Texas and California, accounted for 42 percent of all pedestrian deaths in the first six months of 2015. The 2,368 pedestrians who lost their lives on the nation's roads during the first six months of 2015 represented a 6 percent increase over the first six months of 2014, but experts say that the increase could be as high as 10 percent when the entire year is looked at.
According to news sources, a 52-year-old woman who was walking her dog was struck and seriously injured by a stolen GMC Envoy. The incident happened on Feb. 4 around 10 a.m. in Brooklyn.
While New York City saw a drop in fatal pedestrian traffic accidents from 2014 to 2014, these types of accidents can still occur as two took place within hours of each other on Jan. 30. One happened when a woman in Williamsburg headed to a livery cab on Rodney St. near Hope St. tried to cross the street at around 1:15 a.m. when she was hit by a silver BMW.
Those riding bicycles or traveling on foot are extremely vulnerable on New York roads, but a study conducted by Georgetown University researchers indicates that wheelchair users face even greater dangers. The study, which was published in November 2015 in the medical journal BMJ Open, found that wheelchair users were 36 percent more likely to lose their lives after being struck by a motor vehicle than other pedestrians.
A pedestrian hybrid beacon device known as the High Intensity Activated CrossWalK may help protect New York pedestrians at crossings. The warning device uses two red lenses and one yellow lens to signal when it is safe for pedestrians to walk across major roadways. The beacon displays alternating red lights to drivers, warning them to stop until pedestrians can finish their crossing cycle.
Every year, thousands of pedestrians are injured and killed while walking along New York streets. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, traffic accidents in the United States resulted in 4,743 pedestrian deaths in 2012. There were also approximately 76,000 pedestrians injured in traffic accidents during that same year.
A woman in New York City was severely injured after an early-morning accident left her pinned between the cab into which she was loading groceries and a cab that struck her. The accident, which occurred near Times Square, sent the woman to the hospital for surgery and raised a number of questions about the underlying causes of the accident.
A teenager suffered a severe leg injury on Feb. 13 when an MTA bus struck her while she tried to cross the street in Williamsburg. A law enacted in May 2014 will result in the driver who hit the 15-year-old girl facing criminal misdemeanor charges.