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2016 Cyclists pedestrian deaths NYC

NEW YORK CITY statistics recorded more than 160 cyclists and pedestrians killed in crashes during the third year of the mayor’s Vision Zero initiative meant to deter such deaths. Cyclists and pedestrian deaths rose in 2016 compared to previous 2014-2015.

In 2016 NYPD arrested 39 drivers striking cyclists and pedestrians under Vision Zero’s right of way law, Administrative Code 19-190, the city said all thanks to the progress of the Vision Zero initiative.

“Despite our record success in saving lives these past three years, we know that Vision Zero is just starting,” de Blasio said.

“Pedestrian hit and runs happen throughout New York too frequently even with the Vision Zero initiative in place, downtown Brooklyn and midtown Manhattan are the most dangerous areas for pedestrians.”, according to New York personal injury lawyer, Paul Ajlouny.

Pedestrian Struck Statistics:

  • Eighteen people died in New York City traffic in February, and 3,770 were injured, according to Mayor de Blasio’s Vision Zero View crash data map
  • 26 pedestrians and cyclists killed by city motorists this year, and 2,277 injured.
  • Across the city, 1,008 pedestrians and 183 cyclists were reported hurt in collisions with motor vehicles.

Remembering The Victims:

  • Gwendolyn Booker was struck by a school bus driver on a sidewalk in Brooklyn.
  • Dorothy Heimann and Maria Minchala were hit by turning drivers at intersections in Brooklyn and Manhattan, respectively.
  • Alexa Smith, 16, was killed on a street in Queens with a 40 miles per hour speed limit by a dollar van driver who left the scene.
  • Jose Contreras, Besik Shengelia, and an unnamed male pedestrian were killed on the same night by hit-and-run drivers in the Bronx, Queens, and Brooklyn.

 

Vision Zero Year 3 Report by DNAinfoNewYork on Scribd

$1.375 million awarded in MVA case

The jury in the motor vehicle accident trial of Jennel Morgan v. Aleksandr Arakelov, decided in favor of the plaintiff resulting in an award of 1.375 million.

Morgan was injured, in November 2013, when an out-of-control box truck crossed over into the opposing lane of traffic and ran into six parked vehicles on Avenue D in the Brooklyn Terminal Market area. Morgan was in the last of the cars struck. The officer on the scene at the time testified that the truck driver admitted to falling asleep at the wheel, which the truck driver (Aleksandr Arakelov), denied at trial.

Judge Rivera directed a verdict in favor of the plaintiff against the defendants. The trial proceeded on the determination of damages.

Morgan, 25 years old, at the time of the accident, claimed serious injury to her neck, back & shoulders. She claimed disc herniation, bulging discs and bilateral labral tears. In addition to physical therapy, Morgan underwent cervical disc fusion as well as two arthroscopic shoulder surgeries.

Opposing counsel representing Arakelov, Leo’s Apple Ltd. and Salem Truck Leasing Inc. Passarelli called on expert testimony supporting his allegation that Morgan’s injuries were degenerative, not traumatic. A biomechanical engineer alleged that the forces exerted on Morgan inside her parked vehicle would have been minimal and could not have resulted in the claimed injuries.

Surveillance video which captured the (MVA) accident showed Morgan’s car pinned against an adjacent building wall. After three hours of deliberation the jury returned awarding Morgan damages totaling $1.375 million. The recoverable amount will be amended to meet the existing high-low agreement in place.

High Low Agreement Explained:

High Low Agreements are made between the plaintiffs, the defendants, and their attorneys. The purpose of such an agreement is to set a high or preset limit as well as a bottom low for which the case will be resolved. This agreement guarantees that the  injured plaintiff will receive monetary compensation which eliminates the possibility of obtaining no recovery in the event of a dismissal or defense verdict after trial.

It also sets a cap on the monetary recovery, in actuality protecting the defendants from having to pay a large amount in the event a jury awards a very large sum to the injured party. The terms of such an agreements should be negotiated carefully.

 

 

$3 million to great-grandfather hit by NYPD scooter.

Frightening video clearly shows Great Grandfather José Flores hit by NYPD scooter.

NYPD officer Thomas Hopper lost control of his scooter striking Flores in Brooklyn across the street at Liberty Avenue and Barbey Street in Cypress Hills in August of 2012.

Officer Hopper claimed that Flores was jaywalking, in the middle of the street, darting in front of him. Video surveillance tells a different story.

Officer Hopper lost control of his scooter skidding on his side then striking Mr.Flores as he was already was practically to the other side.

just cost the city nearly $3 million, the victim’s lawyer told The Post on Monday.

Sadly, NYPD officer Hopper issued a misdemeanor summons to the badly injured, great grandfather for jaywalking, claiming that Flores darted out in front of him in the middle of the street between parked cars.

The video clearly shows Flores, crossing at a corner, looking both ways, were there were no cars around.

Officer Hoppers lie cost the city 3 million dollars.

After dealing with the courts and a stint in jail, a judge finally released Flores, where he was hospitalized for four months to treat two fractured vertebrae.

He won the $2.9 settlement from New York City before the case ever even saw trial.

Park Slope, Brooklyn School Bus Crash 4 children, 1 adult injured

Developing Story Brooklyn, NY ParkSlope

Reports indicate that at least eight people, including seven children, were hurt in a crash involving a school bus and a car in Brooklyn, New York around 3pm near the intersection of 4th ave and 1st Street in Park Slope.

According to the FDNY one adult and six children suffered injuries. A seventh child has more serious injuries, which are not considered life-threatening. An investigation is currently underway.

7 children, 1 adult injured in school bus crash in Brooklyn

7 children, 1 adult injured in school bus crash in Brooklyn

Deadly Accident Outside Barclays Center

DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN OUTSIDE BARCLAYS CENTER–
A cyclist was killed and three others injured in a crash this early Monday morning outside the Barclays Center in Downtown Brooklyn.

According to Authorities, an SUV heading northbound on Flatbush Avenue crossed the double yellow line, went into the southbound lane, and struck a bicyclist.

The SUV then struck another vehicle. The bicyclist, a man in his 30s, was killed on impact.

Three others injured in the accident were transported to New York Methodist Hospital.

The impact of this gruesome accident spread shattered glass, car parts and smashed vehicles stretching for  five blocks.

A witness of the accident saw the driver of SUV hit a Toyota Camry that stopped at a red light at Dean Street and Fourth Avenue. Slammed right into it without breaking.

After rear ending the Camry, witnesses say the driver backed up, went around the Camry then drove into oncoming traffic at a high speed where he then hit the bicyclist near Atlantic Avenue.

The scene was just so tragic. The driver kept on going with the man on his hood, striking a black car before crashing again on Flatbush. Bicycle parts could still be seen stuck in the wheel.

Several people were taken to nearby hospitals, including the driver of the Toyota Camry and an Uber driver who had three passengers in his vehicle.

Cyclist killed in gruesome, bike-shattering accident outside Barclays Center

Cyclist Killed After Bike Shattered in Gruesome SUV Crash Near Barclays

Paul Ajlouny, New York personal injury lawyer, weighs in on this tragic fatal crash. “this was no accident, this was a total disregard for human life. The fact that a vehicle was rear ended and the driver of the SUV continued on to hit the cyclist — criminal. It will not be surprising to learn that this driver was in some way impaired. As the picture shows below, snapped by a witness at the scene, this was no accident, this is a crime scxene.” Says, Mr. Ajlouny.

“From the eyewitness events that took place, once the driver of the SUV hit the car on Dean street, he panicked and tried to make a run for it, running the red light and then hitting the cyclist. The sick thing is there was not one rational thought in this crazed SUV drivers mind. He continued on with the cyclist on the hood of his vehicle, hit another vehicle and then crashed into the intersection on Atlantic and fourth.” Comments, Mr. Ajlouny

Tragic collision in brooklyn

Remnant of bicycle in SUV front wheel, Atlantic Ave & Flatbush.

New York City JULY 4TH TRAFFIC ADVISORY

NYC INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATIONS STREET CLOSURES

 

Friday July 03-4, 2015

Alternate side parking (street cleaning) regulations and parking meter regulations are suspended on Friday, 3 and Saturday, July 4, 2015 for observance of Independence Day.

TIPS: Make sure to comply with the rest parking regulations and parking meter regulations.
Cops think they are not suspended!!!

Friday July 03-4, 2015

Alternate side parking (street cleaning) & parking meter regulations are suspended on Friday, 3 and Saturday, July 4, 2015 for observance of Independence Day.

MACY’S 4TH OF JULY FIREWORKS CELEBRATION STREET CLOSURES IN NYC:

THE MACY’S 4TH OF JULY ANNUAL FIREWORKS CELEBRATION means likely congestion and interruption the normal flow of traffic in the area in Manhattan.

Manhattan Locations:

  • FDR Drive between Brooklyn Battery Underpass and East 63rd Street
  • South Street between Whitehall Street and Robert F. Wagner Sr. Place
  • FDR Driver Service Roads between Cherry Street and 63rd Street
  • Water Street between Whitehall Street and Fulton Street
  • Pearl Street between Fulton Street and Robert F. Wagner Sr. Place
  • Whitehall Street between Water Street and South Street
  • Broad Street between Water Street and South Street
  • Old Slip between Water Street and South Street
  • Robert F. Wagner Sr. Place between Pearl Street and South Street
  • Cherry Street between Jackson Street and FDR Drive
  • Delancey Street between Lewis Street and FDR Drive
  • East Houston Street between Baruch Place and FDR Drive
  • East 6th Street between Avenue D and FDR Drive
  • East 10th Street between Avenue D and FDR Drive
  • Avenue C between East 16th Street and East 20th Street
  • East 20th Street between 1st Avenue and Avenue C
  • East 23rd Street between 1st Avenue and Avenue C
  • East 26th Street between 1st Avenue and Avenue C
  • East 30th Street between 1st Avenue and Avenue C
  • East 33rd Street between 1st Avenue and 3rd Avenue
  • East 34th Street between 1st Avenue and FDR Drive
  • East 37th Street between 1st Avenue and FDR Drive
  • East 38th Street between 1st Avenue and FDR Drive
  • East 41st Street between 1st Avenue and FDR Drive
  • East 42nd Street between 1st Avenue and FDR Drive
  • East 48th Street between 1st Avenue and FDR Drive
  • East 49th Street between 1st Avenue and FDR Drive
  • East 53rd Street between 1st Avenue and FDR Drive

Brooklyn Locations:

  • Area bounded by Atlantic Avenue on the South; Old Fulton Street on the North;
  • Hicks Street on the East; East River on the West (All Inclusive)
  • Old Fulton Street between Hicks Street and Prospect Street
  • Cadman Plaza West between Prospect Street and Tillary Street
  • Front Street between Old Fulton Street and Jay Street
  • Water Street between Old Fulton Street and Jay Street

Queens Locations:

  • Area bounded by 44th Drive on the North; Borden Avenue on the South;
  • Vernon Boulevard on the East; East River on the West (All Inclusive)
  • Center Boulevard between Borden Avenue and 54th Avenue
  • 2nd Street between Borden Avenue and Newtown Creek / Dead End
  • Vernon Boulevard between 54th Avenue and Newtown Creek / Dead End
  • 54th Avenue between Center Boulevard and Vernon Boulevard

For the full list of streets activities go to: The Latest NYC Weekend Traffic Advisory
Additional street closures, as well as changes in timing or duration, can occur if deemed necessary by the Police Department.

This information is subject to change without further notice.

This traffic information comes from many different sources

Main source of this information is The New York City Department of Transportation

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Fort Green Brooklyn Morning Crash Leaves Mangled Mess

A Vehicle crash early Sunday morning left four cars and a motorcycle in a mangled mess in Ft. Greene street in Brooklyn seriously injuring two people.

According to NYPD 3 individuals were injured in the accident and transported to Methodist Hospital.

The driver of an SUV ran a red light at Cumberland Street and Lafayette Avenue in Fort Greene

Two people seriously injured  in multi-car crash in Fort Greene, Brooklyn.

According to witnesses the driver of the Dodge SUV allegedly ran a red light at Lafayette Avenue and Cumberland Street in the early morning hours on Sunday.

The crash caused the SUV to hit parked vehicles, then flipping over on the passenger.

The driver and it’s pass anger according to witnesses had to be extracted.

An investigation is still underway.

“Statistically, the most dangerous time to drive is Saturday early morning Sunday”, says Paul Ajlouny, New York personal injury lawyer. This accident plays into the statistics. It’s the weekend evening / early morning hours, contributing dangerous factors can include drunk driving, speeding or driving without a safety belt.”

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, auto accidents kill more than 40,000 people in the U.S. each year; they are the No. 1 cause of death for people between the ages of 1 and 34.

Mr. Ajlouny continues,  “It’s not surprising that weekends, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, have the highest number of injury crashes”.

” Here’s a bit of advice to keep in mind. You may be a good driver and abide by all the laws in order to stay safe. However, you can never predict the negligent act of another driver. What you can do is  always wear a seat belt, and stay focused and alert. Accidents in New York happen. Surviving them is another factor.” states Mr. Ajlouny.

Fatal Pedestrian Accident Draws Attention to Safety

Early morning hours – Dangerous driving times. Car Accidents happen NYC.

Belt Parkway Deadly Car Crash

A  car crash on the Belt Parkway in Brooklyn early Monday, kills one person and injures three others.

The accident occurred at 1:15 a.m. on the Erskine St. exit ramp in the Spring Creek area, according to NYPD.

The three victims of the car crash were transported to Brookdale Hospital, where one remains in critical condition.

Firefighters according to witnesses worked to pry a man’s body from the driver’s seat of the Nissan sedan along with administering aid to a female passenger.

Brooklyn Car Crash

Car crashes into a pole on the Belt Parkway in Brooklyn, killing driver, injuring 3.

Critically injured teen after being struck by car in Brooklyn

A teenager was seriously injured after being struck by a car outside James Madison High School in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn.

The 17 year old, a student at the school, was struck by the car at around 12:10pm.

According to witnesses, the teen ran out into the street to catch the bus and when he was struck. He was thrown into the bus after he was hit.

The teen was taken to Kings County Hospital in critical condition.

The car that struck the victim remained at the scene. Police are investigating.

NYPD Officer Killed Motorcycle Accident In Brooklyn

NEW YORK — An NYPD officer has been killed in a motorcycle crash in Brooklyn.

The accident occurred on Rockaway Parkway between Avenue J and Flatlands Avenue around Monday evening.

Fatal motorcycle accident

An off-duty NYPD officer has been killed in a motorcycle crash in Brooklyn.

The NYPD officer was riding a Ducati motorcycle southbound when a 2015 Kia Sorrento made a U-turn in front of him from the northbound lanes, causing the bike to crash into the SUV’s passenger side front door, police said.

The officer was found lying in the roadway unconscious and unresponsive when emergency units first arrived at the scene. He was taken to Brookdale Hospital, where he died.

The SUV driver was treated for neck and back pain. Two young boys, passengers in the SUV, were not hurt, according to the NYPD

This accident is still under investigation.

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