Recent data reveals that out of all New York City streets, Broadway, one of the city’s most famous, has the highest number of incidents of fatal car accidents involving pedestrians. The Tri-State Transportation Campaign conducted a study of accidents from 2010 to 2012 and found that 420 pedestrians in New York City were killed during that time, with the highest number for one street — nine — on Broadway.
This makes Broadway New York City’s deadliest street three years running. According to the NYPD, there were 173 pedestrian deaths in the city in 2013, more than in the preceding three years.
One resident expressed concern about reckless drivers in the area and blamed them for not looking for pedestrians and for speeding. Another man claimed that pedestrians fail to cross carefully enough.
Clearly, preventing pedestrian accidents takes cooperation between drivers and pedestrians, but many of these crashes are clearly the fault of motorists. Even if that is the case, injured victims may have difficulty proving liability without the help of a personal injury attorney.
As too many New Yorkers already know, pedestrian accidents can devastate lives. Even injuries initially thought to be minor can develop into long-term health issues. Severe injuries, including traumatic brain injuries, can negatively impact a family for years to come, and it is important that, for the purposes of a personal injury or wrongful death claim, all of the damages are taken into account.
Many people may not be aware of their legal options for compensation to help relieve the costs resulting from an auto accident, but in many cases, legal avenues beyond criminal court are available.
Source: New York Daily News, “Broadway is New York’s deadliest street, Woodhaven Blvd. a close second: report,” Edgar Sandoval, Ryan Sit and Pete Donahue, Feb. 5, 2014