Most New Yorkers already know to be aware and careful when they're near the city's busiest roads, particularly ones that get frequently used by cyclists and pedestrians. In contrast to these busy, multi-lane intersections, it is easy to assume that quiet, residential roadways in your local neighborhood experience lower rates of traffic accidents.
Responsible motorists are keenly aware of the danger that other cars, trucks and motor vehicles pose on the road. It's obvious why you need to stop and look both ways when you come to a stop sign. Nobody needs to be reminded not to start accelerating when they are waiting at the red light of a four-way intersection. These dangers are obvious to any licensed driver with even a shred of personal responsibility.
Launched by the de Blasio administration in 2014, the Vision Zero program began a city-wide effort to completely eliminate traffic fatalities and injuries. While progress is being made (last year saw the fewest traffic fatalities in New York City on record), traffic accidents and fatalities are still a reality of life for pedestrians, cyclists and drivers across the five boroughs.
A cyclist in Bushwick, Brooklyn was struck in a hit-and-run accident by a private garbage truck on Wednesday night, August 1, 2018.
In view of the extended winter, it may not seem like it, but ideal biking season is just around the corner. Particularly as enrollment for Citi Bike continues to grow, with 137,000 annual members as of January 2018, a 56% increase from the same time in 2015, there will be more bikes on the road as the weather heats up.
Tragedy has struck again as a 67-year-old bicyclist has died after colliding with a Toyota Prius in Chelsea on November 29, according to the Daily News.
New York City continues to talk tough about making our streets safer when it comes to crashes. But an alarming study reveals that NYC cyclists have never been in greater danger. So far this year there have been 17 cyclists killed in New York City. 17 people! The figure is staggering, and all too sad.
At Block O'Toole & Murphy, we focus our resources and energy on making things right for the injured as well as families who have lost a loved one due to wrongful death.
Six bicyclists have died this year in New York City. Are some neighborhoods in the city more dangerous for bicyclists than others? The Auto Insurance Center pulled some data from the city's Open Data portal to try to answer that question.