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Pedestrian accident data stable in NY, despite tech innovations

The latest in technology can provide a number of benefits to vehicles. One of these goals is often a reduction in the risk of accidents. Yet, the rate of pedestrian accidents in New York has remained constant despite these changes. New York State’s Department of Health reports that the most recent data shows there were 312 deaths due to motor vehicles striking pedestrians annually. This number has remained fairly constant since 2001.

In addition to these deaths, pedestrian accidents account for over 3,000 hospitalizations for injured New Yorkers.  

Will tech help reduce pedestrian accidents? It is possible that many of these innovations are still working their way into the population of drivers in the city. As such, it may take more time before data can accurately reflect the true impact of the innovations of the rate of pedestrian accidents.

What about victims of pedestrian accidents? Victims of these accidents are often eligible for legal remedies. Drivers generally have a duty to operate their vehicle in a safe manner. A breach of this duty can occur when a driver is distracted, drinks alcohol before driving or simply fails to follow applicable traffic laws. In these situations, the driver is likely liable for the accident.

If you or a loved one was the victim of a pedestrian accident in New York, it is wise to seek legal counsel. This legal professional can gather evidence to build a case to better ensure that you receive the legal remedies you deserve. This can include financial compensation to cover the costs that result from the accident. 

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