The New York Post recently reported a shocking fact: over the past five years in New York City, at least 21 taxi drivers had accidents that injured or killed pedestrians and bikers, but only one was ever charged with a crime. That, along with a long string of fatal accidents in our city, prompted Mayor Bill de Blasio to call for a new initiative called “Vision Zero.” Additional surveillance equipment, more traffic cops and a new, specially trained accident investigation team are planned for a unified effort at reducing traffic fatalities to zero.
An analysis of U.S. traffic fatalities reported to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that was just published by researchers from the University of Nebraska Medical Center revealed an alarming trend. While traffic fatalities overall have generally declined, fatal accidents involving both bicyclists and pedestrians are actually on the increase.
An editorial called “Is It O.K. to Kill Cyclists?” by a biking enthusiast and contributing editor for the lifestyle and fitness magazine Men’s Journal was recently published in the New York Times. Considering that the competition between bicyclists and motorists for road space, it’s no surprise the article struck a nerve with people on all sides of the debate.
In 2012, New York found itself at the top of an unfortunate list: it was named the No. 1 city in the nation for fatal pedestrian and bike accidents. Fully 27 percent of people killed on New York roads were pedestrians or bikers, and New York State Department of Transportation data shows that nearly eight walkers or bikers are struck by vehicles each and every day in our state.
When you think about holding dog owners responsible for harm caused by their animals, you typically think of dog bites. While precise details vary from state to state, the rules for seeking compensation for serious injuries by someone else’s dog generally come under the category of premises liability.
Bicycling is believed by many to be one of the healthiest and most efficient ways of getting around New York City. For that reason, the city launched a bike sharing program this summer that allows residents and visitors to borrow bikes at numerous locations and take them out for 45-minute rides.