New York City is a top destination for tourists from across the country and around the globe. The city offers a vast array of things to do, is the location of some of the world’s finest restaurants, and offers Broadway shows, world-class museums, and Central Park, to name just a few places. Tourists love New York. As reported by the New York Times, a record 65 million people visited the city in a recent year.
Many people who visit the city don’t consider what they would do if an accident occurs. But we do.
Street sweepers are deployed throughout New York City to keep the streets clean and make sure debris is cleared away. These vehicles are large and heavy and can easily do damage to people and property if not operated properly. The people who drive these machines may make mistakes, which can have catastrophic consequences for themselves or others.
Since they are operated by employees of the Department of Sanitation, if an accident does occur, the City may be held liable for the recklessness of its workers.
As a pedestrian walking around New York, you will inevitably find yourself near a construction site of some kind: new buildings, repairs or remodels of existing structures, housing developments, and so on. In these areas, numerous hazards and dangers present themselves.
Sharing Sidewalks and Roads
In part 1 of this post, we discussed New York traffic laws for pedestrians.
Now, we will look at the second half of the sections dealing with pedestrians and explain what each one means. You should only use this as a general explanation of these laws, and speak to a knowledgeable attorney if you have specific questions or need legal advice.
Who Has the Right of Way?
There are many traffic laws in New York that apply specifically to pedestrians, and we’re going to take a look. This post is split into two parts; each part discussing different sections of New York traffic code. The original language of these sections is pretty complex and often excessive, so we’re going to try to make it easier to understand.
Although walking on sidewalks and going shopping might not bring all the dangerous of operating a large motor vehicle on an icy road, there are still some habits and tips to keep in mind in order to make sure you stay safe. Sidewalks can present numerous dangers in winter for pedestrians, especially slush and ice that can be very treacherous. Watch out for wet and dangerous conditions in store entrances, and be mindful of other pedestrians to make sure no one is injured while shopping.
Pokemon Go is a free-to-play game released for mobile smartphones that has become one of the most popular apps around. Players look at maps on their smartphone screens to find where to go in order to capture creatures called Pokemon, and then battle other players with similar creatures. It is fun and mostly harmless, yet there have been numerous accidents reported since the game’s release. In fact, the NYPD has issued warnings to players regarding their own safety.
Pedestrian accidents, even in crosswalks, account for a fairly small number of vehicular crashes each year, but can be devastating for the pedestrian involved. Serious injury and fatality is more likely to occur for the pedestrian, who is unprotected against a vehicle, rather than the driver. As a pedestrian, it is important to know how to avoid these kinds of accidents, not only to ensure personal safety but to also reduce responsibility if there is a crash.
A 77-year-old woman was killed crossing the street when a van driver failed to yield the right of way. The fatal pedestrian accident occurred at East 21st Street and Gravesend Neck Road in Sheepshead Bay in Brooklyn. Officials say she was crossing the road when a 2005 Ford Econoline delivery van turned left and struck her. She was rushed to Coney Island Hospital but, died from her injuries. The 23-year-old Midwood driver behind the wheel of the van has been charged with failure to yield and failure to exercise due care.
A 52-year-old woman was killed and her relatives were among survivors of an accident involving an SUV losing control after running a red light. According to NBC New York news, the fatal pedestrian accident happened at Atlantic Avenue and 108th Street in Richmond Hill. Officials say a 43-year-old woman in an SUV went through the red light and was hit by a Kia. The SUV then jumped the sidewalk and struck a 2-year-old girl, her 48-year-old mother and a 52-year-old relative. Witnesses say one of the women tried to push the child out of the path of the car.