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2017 Vision Zero Progress

In 2017, under leadership, our work helped fuel a historic drop in pedestrian fatalities through a record number of street safety redesigns & turning treatments, & by reprogramming traffic signals to give pedestrians a head start .

These figures prove that for New York City’s pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists, Vision Zero is the only way forward. According to the mayor 2017 was the safest year on record! The streets of New York City have been the safest they’ve ever been since 1910.

The city reports that last year, there were 214 traffic fatalities, of which 101 were pedestrian deaths. In 2016, there were 231 total fatalities, with 148 being pedestrians. The Department of Transportation and the NYPD also report that there was one fatality among school-aged pedestrian children, the fewest ever in the city for children under 17. All boroughs, apart from Brooklyn, saw fewer traffic deaths and Queens experienced the fewest fatalities ever.

“Yes, the Vision Zero Initiative under Mayor de Blasio, in New York has been very aggressive”according to New York Car Accident Lawyer, Paul Ajlouny. “The city has done that with safer street design and safer traffic signals, not with “distracted walking” crackdowns. There is still a lot of work to do. Statistics in 2017 show that 23 cyclists lost their lives on NYC streets due to speeding vehicles.

In an increased Vision Zero push, the city kicked off a series of new safety and road improvement projects last year that included the installation of 25 miles of protected bike lanes, continuing the redesign of Queens Boulevard, and adjusting traffic signal phases to align with the city’s 25 MPH speed limit.

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Resources:

NYC Crash Mapper

Motor Vehicle Traffic Crash Statistics 2017:

From Jan, 2017 – Nov, 2017 10,852 Total Crashes

Traffic Fatalities

06 Cyclist
18 Pedestrians
13 Motorist
37 Total

Injuries 4,203

Cyclist 1,536
Ped 3,078
Motorist 10,746
Total: 15,360

 

Top Contributing Factors to Crash

  1. 10,17 Unspecified Cause
  2. 2,982 Driver Inattention / Distraction
  3. 1,498 Failure to Yield Right-of-Way
  4. 1,040 Following Too Closely
  5. 599 Traffic Control Disregarded
  6. 378 Pedestrian / Bicyclist / Other Pedestrian Error / Confusion
  7. 373 Unsafe Speed
  8. 337 Other Vehicular
  9. 332 Passing or Lane Usage Improper
  10. 235 Turning Improperly
  11. 228 Backing Unsafely
  12. 214 Alcohol Involvement
  13. 186 Driver Inexperience
  14. 177 Unsafe Lane Changing
  15. 152 View Obstructed / Limited
  16. 149 Reaction to Other Un-involved Vehicle
  17. 120 Pavement Slippery
  18. 60 Aggressive Driving / Road Rage
  19. 50 Fell Asleep
  20. 50 Brakes Defective
  21. 43 Glare
  22. 35 Lost Consciousness
  23. 30 Illness
  24. 28 Outside Car Distraction
  25. 27 Passenger Distraction
  26. 26 Fatigued / Drowsy
  27. 24 Oversized Vehicle
  28. 20 Pavement Defective
  29. 19 Drugs (Illegal)
  30. 18 Obstruction / Debris
  31. 17 Steering Failure
  32. 13 Failure to Keep Right
  33. 13 Traffic Control Device Improper / Non-Working …

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If you have been injured in a car accident, you can receive compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and other related expenses by hiring a New York Car Accident Lawyer.

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Delivery boy struck and killed in Brooklyn

On his way to work, crossing 23rd a 15 year old is struck and killed by a BMW sedan. The driver and 2 of its occupants stayed at the scene. The driver as described by witnesses was hysterical unable to comprehend this horrific incident.

The 15-year-old, identified as Edwin Ajacalon was working as a delivery boy to support his family in Guatemala.

Boy riding bike struck, killed by car in Brooklyn

Boy riding bike struck, killed by car in Brooklyn

“Edwin Ajacalon was just trying to support his family. He was just a kid. A speeding car took his life.” Says Paul Ajlouny, New York Car Accident Lawyer.

Pedestrian – Cyclist accidents on NYC streets leave us all unnerved. Already beginning 2017 five+ people have been killed while riding their bicycles in New York.

Cyclist killed by truck driver in Greenpoint hit-and-run Jul 25, 2017
Eight Killed by Truck Attack on NYC Path | Bicycling Nov 1, 2017
Cyclist killed in hit-and-run | New York Post Sep 30, 2017
Cyclist Killed by Box Truck Driver Turning in TriBeCa Sep 14, 2017

Cyclist safety advocates have been shedding light on bicycle/vehicle collisions, and community efforts to reduce the number of people killed or severely injured while riding NY city streets.

Families of Crash Victims Call for Action at City Hall on World Day of Remembrance 

Nearly 300 people gathered to press City Hall for safer street designs and Albany for an expansion of NYC’s speed camera program.|

NYC Motorists Injured 1,271 Pedestrians and Cyclists in September, and Killed 13. City Hall reported 97 pedestrians and cyclists killed through September, and 10,345 injured, compared to 113 deaths and 11,223 injuries in the first nine months of 2016.

If you’ve been injured by a speeding/distracted driver while riding through New York, contact an New York City bicycle accident lawyer TODAY!

Drivers, Pedestrians, Cyclists Hit & Run

Risking Our Lives Daily

According to Gersh Kuntzman, a NYC cyclist, pedestrian and driver, New Yorker’s risk their lives every time they leave their apartments on foot, in a car or on a bike. New Y0rk Roads and sidewalks are still  dangerous even with the Vision Zero initiatives in place. Mr. Kuntzman has drawn up a basic set of rules, a constitution, by which, all (drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians) should abide by in order to stay safe, to stay alive (lest we all kill and maim each other and our streets run even more slick with blood.)

“We the Users of the Streets of the City of New York — the Drivers, the Pedestrians, the Cyclists — in order to form a more perfect Understanding, establish Rules, insure roadway Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the reduction of transportational Warfare, and secure the Blessings of Safety to ourselves and our fellow Users, do ordain and establish this Constitution.”

Kunzman’s objective was to craft a Constitution in hopes of reducing violence on the New York streets.  WHY? He is sick of watching so many near-misses every day. Please send all proposed amendments to gkuntzman@nydailynews.com to be brought up at the next Constitutional Convention.

Increasing bike paths and bike safety is part of the Mayor’s Vision Zero initiative to reduce the number of traffic related fatalities and is also a key strategy of the Health Department to build neighborhoods that encourage physical activity. Through the Health Department’s Center for Health Equity, the agency is committed to investing in undeserved communities and eliminating the health inequities in New York City.

Data reported by Streets Blog reported seventeen people died in New York City traffic in July, and 5,310 were injured, according to City Hall’s Vision Zero View crash data map. 83 pedestrians and cyclists killed by city motorists through July of 2016, and 8,378 injured, compared to 77 deaths and 7,835 injuries in the same period in 2015.

Citywide, nine pedestrians and three cyclists were fatally struck by drivers last month. Among the victims were Teresa Martinelli, Matthew von Ohlen, Jorge Zepeda, Andrew Esquivel, Sean Ryan, Terrence Montrose, Roberts Nukheimra, Jack Koval, Antonio Flores, and an unnamed male pedestrian in the Bronx.

Motorists killed at least one senior in July: Teresa Martinelli, 79. Across the city, 727 pedestrians and 498 cyclists were reported hurt in collisions with motor vehicles. Per NYPD policy, few of these crashes were investigated by trained officers.

Hit-and-Run Drivers Are Still Killing NYC Pedestrians

While the de Blasio administration touts 2016 as a year in which the Vision Zero initiative continued to drive down traffic deaths — down four percent from 2015 to 225, and down from 300 deaths in 2013 — all of this year’s gains were made in the category of drivers or passengers. For pedestrians and cyclists, it was another story altogether: according to NY1, 140 pedestrians were killed on city streets, a slight rise from the year before, while eighteen cyclists were killed, up four.

Most alarming: a sharp spike in the number of pedestrians killed by hit-and-run drivers, which jumped by 34%. During the first three days of 2017, there were three separate incidents of fatal hit-and-runs alone. And drivers are getting away with it: in a report released by the NYPD last September, only 13 arrests were made after 38 deadly hit-and-runs during FY 2016. In 22 instances where someone was seriously hurt, just 14 arrests were made.

According to New York Car accident lawyer Paul Ajlouny, “You turn on the news and just about everyday, pedestrian are struck by a car. Statistics indicate pedestrians are struck by cars more than 150,000 times a year. Every two hours, one is killed.” states Mr. Ajlouny. “Often times the cause of the accident diver distraction. Pedestrian also need to take responsibility by putting away their phones while walking.”

Video of Car Jumping Curb Hitting Teen Girl

Victim In Fatal Brooklyn Hit-And-Run ID’d As New York DJ

Recent accidents 2017

  • A 76-year-old bicyclist is in critical condition following a hit-and-run crash in Flushing, Queens. victim listed in critical condition at Booth Memorial Hospital with head trauma. March 4, 2017 7:13 PM
  • Queens Man, 28, Killed In Hit-And-Run Crash On Grand Central Parkway goo.gl/c4uobf
  • Car Jumps Curb, Strikes Teen Girl In Borough Park, Brooklyn goo.gl/hkG8Ny

Sources:

Hit And Run Lawyer NY

New York Hit & Run Lawyer: 718-233-3913 – Victims rights attorney

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