“Vision Zero” was an ambitious plan laid out by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and the Car Crash Attorneys at Block O’Toole & Murphy have discussed it frequently.
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It seems, however, that it is yielding zero results when it comes to reducing the number of New York City car crashes. The Mayor launched this program with the hope that there would be no traffic deaths in New Your City by the year 2024. Instead, only 2 years after the program was launched, statistics reveal that fatal car crashes are occurring more frequently in 2016 than last year. This is a discouraging development.
According to the New York Post, in the article attached below, fatal accidents have increased by more than 33 1/3% from this time last year. Car crashes, in general, have also increased overall from 2015 to 2016. Statistics suggest that this plan is unfortunately going in the wrong direction. Critics of the “Vision Zero” program have pointed to our Mayor, claiming that he is not devoting the appropriate time and resources that are necessary to reduce the amount of serious vehicular collisions. They point to a relatively modest budget as the main culprit for the increase in crashes. They also forcefully hint that “Vision Zero” political rhetoric has been more prominent than genuine action.
It seems impossible and unrealistic to ever reach a point in our city where there are no fatal collisions. The goal, however unattainable it may seem, is a noble one and should be applauded but only if it is not a mere political talking point. We agree with advocates who suggest that the only way to improve the car crash epidemic is to develop a well thought out program and then spend the money necessary to implement the program. It will save lives if done correctly.
Serious car crashes can lead to death and severe physical injury. Pedestrians, bicyclists, passengers in cars as well as motorists continue to suffer when they are victimized in a car crash. We as a society should be reducing the problem; not exacerbating it.
If you are a victim of a serious car crash you have legal rights. You may be entitled to recover for your injuries, medical bills and lost time from work. You should give thought to consulting with an experienced attorney who boasts a track record of delivering results for clients who have been involved in a motor vehicle accident. The attorneys at Block O’Toole & Murphy have a proud tradition of representing victims of vehicular collisions.
The firm has an impressive record of results, including nearly $1 billion in verdicts and settlements for their seriously injured clients. You may contact them at any time for a free consultation by calling 212-736-5300.