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Councilman Pushes for Lower Park Speed Limit after Pedestrian Death

A recent pedestrian death in Central Park has led to a new campaign by City Councilman Mark Levine to reduce speed limits and cut down on speeding in New York City parks. The current speed limit is 25 mph, but many groups believe that a lower park speed limit of 20 mph would be more appropriate. The pedestrian's death has also led to a variety of other responses, including one from a group known as Right of Way, a group of cyclists who advocate for pedestrian safety. That group recently posted a set of fake speed limit signs throughout the park, advocating for a similar reduction in speed. 

New Law Punishes Motorists Who Strike Pedestrians

A recent traffic accident involving a pedestrian at the corner of Astoria Boulevard and 80th Street highlights the importance of new traffic law designed to protect pedestrians and bicyclists. The new law is a part of the mayor's Vision Zeroprogram-a program that is attempting to bring traffic fatalities in New York City down to zero.

Older Pedestrians at Greater Risk in Accidents

While New York streets pose a danger to pedestrians, new research reveals that the danger many not be the same for everyone. A study, conducted by the Tri-State Transportation Campaign, analyzed crash data from downstate New York along with New Jersey and Connecticut. It was discovered that older pedestrians are at a much greater risk than younger bystanders for fatal injuries stemming from pedestrian traffic accidents. The study came to this conclusion after analyzing crash data from the past 10 years and looking for geographic and demographic based trends. 

Possible Defendants in Traffic Accidents

The traditional view of a traffic accident is limited to a collision between drivers, with one or the other at fault. While this understanding of traffic accidents covers many different types of crashes, some crashes are not the fault of either driver. For instance, some crashes are the result of design or manufacturing defects on the part of automobile companies, which resulted in an unsafe product. Injuries from these sorts of crashes may be best addressed through products liability actions against the manufacturer. Other crashes may occur because of the road itself, perhaps due to poor road maintenance or design. In these instances, the victims may have a claim against the municipality itself for failing to provide properly safe roads. 

New Speed Cameras Aimed at Reducing Traffic Fatalities

New York City has not always had the best record in regards to traffic safety. However, that may be changing. Public officials in New York City have recently started installing speed cameras near school zones in an effort to reduce traffic accidents and fatalities. The move comes after legislators in Albany approved an expansion of the city's speed camera installation program, which began with the installation of 20 cameras back in January. The New York Times reports that the new expansion will allow for the installation of another 120 cameras. These cameras come as a part of the mayor's initiative to reduce traffic fatalities around the city. 

our Buses Not Required to Report Accidents

A recent collision of two tour buses in Times Square has highlighted the potentially dangerous lack of regulation that the industry faces. The tour buses, both of the double-decker, sightseeing variety, collided in the middle of one of the busiest portions of the city. However, neither bus was legally required to report the accident to any licensing board. This is true despite the fact that there are at least five state and local government agencies responsible for monitoring and licensing these tour bus companies. The high-profile nature of the accident has led to calls for stricter regulation and more stringent reporting in cases of tour bus accidents. 

Federal Case Helps Accident Victims to Recover from Trucking Companies

On July 31st, a federal judge in the Western District of New York reinterpreted a Congressional law to make it easier fortruck accident victims to recover from trucking companies for injuries caused by accidents with the companies' trucks. The law in question was the Graves Amendment to the Safe Accountable Flexible Efficient Transportation Act. This Amendment allows companies that rent vehicles to avoid liability for any accidents caused by the person driving a rented vehicle. The New York federal judge ruled that this Amendment did not protect trucking companies from liability for the mistakes of their truckers. 

Steps to Take after a Traffic Accident

Traffic accidents are some of the most common ways that people find themselves interacting with the legal system. In fact, according to a report by the New York Department of Motor Vehicles, there are almost 70,000 traffic accidents every year in New York City alone. Despite the prevalence of these accidents, many people do not know the proper steps to take immediately after a traffic accident. It is important to understand that people have a legal duty to remain on the scene after an accident, so it is important not to flee. Fortunately, there are a variety of simple things people can do right after the accident occurs to ensure their own safety and to prepare for any legal consequences of the accident. 

Bicycles and New York Pedestrian Accidents

The desire to be ecologically conscious has led to an increase in the number of cyclists on the roads. Streets have become more congested with cars, and cities are becoming friendlier to bicycles. However, this can be a serious danger to pedestrians, who are more used to watching for loud, large cars than they are for the slender, quiet bicycles.

NYC Distracted Driving Injuries and Prevention

Recent efforts across the country to combat distracted driving are in full force in New York City. According to a news story from ABC 7 New York, a recent initiative focused on putting a stop to texting while driving and other distractions that can result in deadly car accidents.
The city-wide initiative aimed to reduce serious distractions that plague drivers when they are behind the wheel. Whether it is sending a text message, talking on a cell phone, or simply inputting information into a GPS device, these distractions can cause serious car accidents. 

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