A recent survey has found the 141 pedestrians have been killed so far this
year, a 6.8% increase over last year and a 15% increase over 2011. The
breakdown by borough is 46 pedestrian
deaths in Queens, 36 in Brooklyn, 30 in the Bronx 29, in Manhattan and 6 in Staten Island.
The cause of the rise of pedestrian fatalities at this time is unknown,
however, many New York City residents blame careless drivers. Others say
the cause is driving at excessive speeds and failing to abide traffic
While pedestrian deaths are at an all-time high, traffic deaths which include
drivers, passengers, and bikers are at an all-time low. Some attribute
this to safer cars and the implementation of bike lanes throughout the
5 boroughs, allowing for bikers to travel further away from automobiles.
In an effort to combat the rising pedestrian death toll, activists have
taken the initiative to put up their own 20 mile-per-hour speed limit
signs in certain areas of the city, such as, Park Slope in Brooklyn, NY.
However, the activists realize to make a real change they need law enforcement
to step up and start issuing more tickets for those that are failing to
obey the traffic laws.
At the law firm of Mainetti, Mainetti & O’Connor we routinely
handle pedestrian injury and fatality cases by holding careless drivers
responsible. For more information see our
Pedestrian Accident page and contact our
personal injury attorneys for help.