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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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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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Weekend Hit-And-Runs In NYC

Over the weekend, three people have  died in the hit-and-run incidents.

Sunday a car struck a pedestrian at Fifth Avenue and Ninth Street in Park Slope, Brooklyn.

The driver ran a red light and hit a man crossing Fifth Avenue and fled the scene, according to NYPD

The man was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

This accident was one of many hit-and-run crashes across the city over the weekend.

  • A Brooklyn crash, according to NYPD to the life of Besik Shenglia who was hit by an unidentified vehicle on 111st Street in Ozone Park, Queens.
  • On Sunday, Jose Contreras was struck and killed by a SUV near the entrance of the Cross Bronx Expressway at Webster Avenue in the Tremont section of the Bronx. The SUV kept going, police said. Contreras was taken to Saint Barnabas Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
  • In the SoHo, a 30-year-old man was struck and seriously injured at 568 Broadway near Prince Street around 3:30 a.m. Sunday.
  • In Queens, a 22-year-old woman was hit by a car at Guy Brewer Boulevard and 119th Avenue in South Jamaica.

Paul Ajlouny, New York car accident lawyer weighs in , “It never ceases to amaze me how anyone can hit someone with their car just keep driving off.  Leaving the scene of an accident is just plain stupid.  You will only make matters worse for yourself!” Paul Ajlouny said.

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In 2014 the City Council passed a bill fining hit-and-run drivers up to $10,000 and possible jail time.

Mayor Bill de Blasio Vision Zero initiative is in place in order to reduce traffic fatalities, and says it’s working. Is it? After this tragic weekend, makes us wonder.

Statistics show that there were a shocking 4,000 hit-and-run crashes that resulted in serious injury or death in 2015.

Pedestrian Saftey New York

In New York Call to Improve Pedestrian Safety Is Renewed

Here’s some free advice New York:

  • Drivers Slow Down.
  • Don’t Drink and Drive.
  • Pedestrians Look Both Ways
  • Never, ever leave the scene of an accident.

 

Breaking: Car crashes predicted this Thanksgiving weekend

Thanksgiving weekend dangerous on New York roads.

According to the The National Safety Council an estimated 418 traffic fatalities and another 44,700 serious injuries may occur from car crashes during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

Here are some suggested tips that will save your life this Thanksgiving weekend.

New York personal injury attorney, Paul Ajlouny, offers some FREE ADVICE:

Be smart and take some precautions if traveling on icy, wet stormy roads this holiday season:

  • Be smart! Buckle-up.  More than 600 police agencies across New York State will be ensuring a zero tolerance enforcement effort.
  • Stay off those cellphones – including hands-free – behind the wheel.
  • Make sure that children re securely and safely restrained.
  • Do not drink and drive! New York State police will be cracking down on drunk drivers in order to prevent injuries and save lives.
  • If the weather report indicates storms and treacherous travel conditions — consider staying home!
Car accidents in hazerdous weather

Stormy weather causes car accidents.

An estimated 41.3 million travelers are expected to hit the nation’s highways for the holiday weekend, which is a 4.3% increase over last year. Travel is going to be hazardous with both rain and snow, causing slick roads. 

The Thanksgiving holiday is one of the busiest travel times in the United States, with more than 46 million Americans expected to make trips between Wednesday and Sunday, travel group AAA said. More than 89 percent will travel by car, it said.

slippery wet road conditions.

Cars make their way through the Washington bridge in New York November 26, 2014. REUTERS-Eduardo Munoz

You might want to consider staying home and staying safe.

Tracking All The Traffic Fatalities In NYC

TRAFFIC FATALITIES GROWING IN NUMBERS ACCORDING TO STATS

A 5-year-old boy was killed by a minivan driver who backed into him in Crown Heights earlier this week, making him the 45th person to be killed in traffic crashes in NYC so far in 2014. 27 pedestrians have been killed already this year. WNYC has now set up an interactive graphic, which you can see below, to keep track of all those deaths.

Of the 100 people to die this year in NYC traffic, about half are pedestrians. Five are bicyclists.

Of the 100 people to die this year in NYC traffic, half pedestrians. Five are bicyclists.

One man recounted that a friend called him to say she had been hit by a car. The car that hit her had tinted windows. It appears that all cars have tinted windows.Tinted windows has been reported as causing a reduction in visibility especially during the day. Pedestrians for instance do not know if there is someone in your car when there are tinted windows.Strange thing is that, tinted windows on cars are illegal in NY State and manufacturers get around the law by designating the car as an SUV or something else.

The March 18th issue of the NEW YORK TIMES reported 270 traffic deaths. 270 is an outrageous number! Now under DeBlasio, WNYC headlines 100 deaths at almost halfway mark of this mayor’s term…or 20/month. Prorated that would be 120 for on e half year….240 for a full year. While any traffic fatality is one too many, it is also good reporting to make some reasonable big picture comparisons. Lets just say one fatality is one too many!

One woman reported that her mother died one week after being hit by a left-turning car while she was crossing the street in the crosswalk. She didn’t die immediately, though. She was transported to Kings County Hospital and sent home to recover, but her injuries were too severe – and had gone unnoticed by the hospital.

One week after the accident, I brought her back to the same emergency room that had treated her the week before. She died in the hallway waiting to be seen. But her death was not reported to the NYS and was not connected to the motor vehicle accident of the week before.This unfortunate / possibly unavoidable death would probably of not been reported under such stats as a traffic fatalities.

How many more wrongful deaths have resulted from traffic crashes!

 

If you or someone you love have been seriously injured or you you have lost a loved one in a traffic fatality contact Ajlouny Injury Law, NYC car accident lawyers. @4 hour FREE ADVICE: 718-233-3913

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