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    Vision Zero: Year Three Report Touts Program’s Success

    By Michael Barasch

    Earlier this year, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio released the city’s third annual Vision Zero report, crediting the program with a three-year reduction in traffic fatalities, which reached an all-time low of 230 in 2016 despite double-digit trends upward for accidents nationwide. According to the city’s official website, DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg and […]

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  • Pedestrian Accidents

    NYC Department of Transportation’s 2016 Fatality Report: Achievement and Concern

    By Michael Barasch

    The Department of Transportation’s recently issued report on traffic fatalities in New York City for 2016 showed marked improvement with a decline in overall deaths, but it also raised concerns because of the increase in pedestrians and bicyclists killed. As the New York Daily News recently reported, “The year ended with 229 people killed on […]

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  • Wrongful DeathPedestrian Accidents

    Fatal Accident Shows NYC Crossings Still Dangerous for Elderly Pedestrians

    By Michael Barasch

    At about 6:30 p.m. on October 16, an SUV struck and killed a 79-year-old man who was crossing the intersection of Northern Boulevard and Prince Street in Flushing, Queens. According to the New York Daily News, the driver remained at the scene and likely won’t face charges because police believe the pedestrian was crossing against […]

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  • Auto AccidentsPedestrian Accidents

    Despite Vision Zero, NYC Saw 38,000 Hit-and-Run Accidents in 2015

    By Michael Barasch

    Despite Mayor de Blasio’s ambitious Vision Zero program to eliminate pedestrian fatalities in the five boroughs, New York City saw more than 38,000 hit-and-run accidents in 2015, 48 of which resulted in catastrophic injury or death. The New York Daily News reported that the bulk of the hit-and-runs, some 34,000, caused property damage, most of it minor. […]

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  • Bus AccidentsPedestrian Accidents

    Woman struck and killed by MTA bus while crossing Brooklyn street

    By Dominique A. Penson

    There were 125 pedestrian fatalities in 2014, and 120 so far in 2015. Today’s victim was a devoted mother and grandmother carrying groceries to her adult daughter who is raising her children with no help from their father. This was an avoidable, fatal accident that killed a woman and devastated the lives of numerous dependents […]

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  • Auto Accidents

    New Research Indicates Action-Packed Signs Lead to Fewer Auto Accidents

    By Dominique A. Penson

    New York and San Francisco have both made national news for their Vision Zero programs, which aim to significantly reduce the number of pedestrian deaths over the next decade (its name connotes the ideal goal which is to eliminate all pedestrian deaths). Now studies that have been done in association with the plans indicate that […]

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  • Personal Injury

    Studies Show 2014 was the Safest Year for NYC Pedestrians in a Century

    By Dominique A. Penson

    Mayor Bill de Blasio has made curbing the number of pedestrian deaths in New York City a huge priority during his tenure so far. His administration implemented the Vision Zero plan in early 2014 with the goal of bringing the number of pedestrian deaths down to zero over the course of the next decade. So […]

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  • Auto Accidents

    A New York Plan to Share the Road: Swedish Style

    By Michael Barasch

    In May each year, the National Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reminds motorists across the United States to share the road. In New York this year, Mayor Bill de Blasio planned for New Yorkers to share the road Swedish style. In February, Mayor Blasio announced Vision Zero, a sweeping plan to eliminate traffic fatalities in the […]

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  • Personal Injury

    Road Construction Ahead: Street Safety Program for New York City

    By Michael Barasch

    One every 30 hours – that was the death rate from traffic accidents in New York City in 2013.  Twelve-years-old Sammy Cohen Eckstein waited outside his building for a friend on Prospect Park West at Third Street in October, 2013. Wearing cleats and dribbling a soccer ball, the young man is believed to have followed […]

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