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YES, MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENTS IN NEW YORK CITY ARE ON THE DECLINE…

BUT A RECENT REPORT FROM THE NYPD CLEARLY INDICATES THAT MAKING NEW YORK CITY STREETS SAFER FOR PEDESTRIANS IS A JOB THAT IS FAR FROM OVER

While the pedestrian fatality rate in New York City due to motor vehicle accidents is now better than it is in many other major cities in the United States, and even as the number of injuries to pedestrians caused by motor vehicles continues a steady year-to-year decline since Mayor de Blasio instituted his much-touted Vision Zero Action program — which included a citywide speed limit reduction from 30 mph to 25 mph – unfortunately, the reality of preventing pedestrian deaths on New York City streets isn’t quite as simple as lowering the speed limit by five miles per hour.

Despite all the talk from City Hall about safety and accident prevention virtually ever since the mayor was sworn into office in January 2014, one tragic fact of life in New York City has remained intractable: roughly once in every 48 hours, a pedestrian or cyclist is killed in a car crash.

“In fact, for several years now, motor vehicles have been more lethal than guns in the City,” Jay W. Dankner, managing partner of the top motor vehicle accident law firm of Dankner Milstein, P.C. said.  “Motor vehicle accidents are becoming even far more lethal than a contagious disease.”

According to a recent NYPD motor vehicle collision report, some 200 people have died so far on city streets this year, and traffic-related fatality is the No. 1 cause of death for children ages 1 to 12.

According to the report, as of June 30, 2015, a total of 38,334 motorists were involved in a motor vehicle collision.  Of that number, 1,790 motorists (6 killed), 1,777 passengers (4 killed), 459 cyclists (1 killed), and 769 pedestrians (9 killed) were injured in an accident involving a motor vehicle.

The report found that the major factors that contributed to motor vehicle related accidents in the city are as follows:

  • Driver inattention/distraction — 3734
  • Following too closely — 1838
  • Failure to yield right of way — 1239
  • Unsafe lane changing — 850
  • Backing unsafely — 789
  • Passing too closely — 742
  • Improper passing or lane usage — 739
  • Turning improperly — 530
  • Driver inexperience — 346
  • Unsafe speed — 353
  • Traffic control disregarded — 292
  • Alcohol/drug involvement — 200
  • Aggressive driving/road rage — 94

Vehicle type involved in accidents:

  • Passenger vehicle — 18989
  • Sport utility/station wagon — 9180
  • Taxi vehicle — 1431
  • Van — 1352
  • Large commercial vehicle — 788
  • Small commercial vehicle — 671
  • Bus — 655
  • Pick-up truck — 597
  • Bicycle — 585
  • Livery vehicle — 515
  • Motorcycle — 203

“Given this reality, people who are injured, or the families of those who are killed in motor vehicle accidents, need to have their rights protectedand be compensated for their loss”, Dankner said.

If you think you have been the victim of motor vehicle driver negligence, you should contact one of our lawyers at Dankner Milstein for a free consultation at 212-751-8000 or office@dmesq.com.

Our firm has recovered more than $500 million for clients we’ve represented and has obtained more than two hundred (200) verdicts and settlements of one million dollars or higher.

We are rated nationally in the top tier in medical malpractice litigation by Best Lawyers in America and all name partners have been consistently elected by their peers as New York ”Super Lawyers as well as members of “The National Top 100 Trial Lawyers” 

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Jay W. Dankner

JAY W. DANKNER was born, raised and educated in Brooklyn, New York. After graduation from law school in 1973, he joined the firm of the legendary, Harry H, Lipsig, under whose tutelage he learned the intricacies of civil litigation and trials. He tried and won his first case against General Motors in a case involving a design defect within weeks after his admission. Thereafter, he focused his attention on the emerging and developing field of law known as products liability litigation.

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