Walking is a popular, efficient and economical way to get around New York City and many communities throughout the state. With proper precautions, it is also a safe way to travel and see the Big Apple and neighboring communities. Unfortunately, accidents can happen. A recent case provides an example.
In this case, a driver fatally struck a 62-year-old woman who was crossing the road. Witnesses report seeing the woman crossing using a cane and heading to a restaurant across the street from her home. The witnesses also state they did not hear “wheels squeaking.” This may provide evidence the driver failed to attempt to avoid the accident. Responding officers stated that thy were testing the driver for intoxication to determine if he was driving under the influence at the time of the crash. If this evidence is supported, the victim’s family members may be able to hold the driver accountable through a civil wrongful death lawsuit.
The dangers pedestrians can face in New York are well-known. Governor Andrew M. Cuomo recognizes theses dangers and has taken action to address these issues. In 2016, he announced the state’s first comprehensive pedestrian safety plan. The plan spans five years and included over $110 million in investments for infrastructure, education and enforcement efforts. Changes to increase the safety of the infrastructure include improving crosswalks at over 2,000 locations and adding pedestrian refuge islands. The state will also use funds to install light beacons to better ensure drivers are aware of the presence of pedestrians. The plan is scheduled for completion in 2021 and will hopefully help increase pedestrian safety throughout the state.