Speed is one of the major factors in catastrophic pedestrian-related motor vehicle accidents. Statistics show that speeding-related vehicle accidents cost the nation an estimated $27.7 billion per year. Speeding, which is defined as a vehicle exceeding the posted speed limit or driving too fast given the conditions of the road, is a major factor in nearly one-third of all fatal accidents, including pedestrian related crashes.
Speed reduces the amount of time a motorist needs to avoid an accident, increases the likelihood of getting into an accident, and increases the severity of accidents once they occur. Speed can be even more devastating when the accident involves a pedestrian. The State of New York decided that reducing the posted speed limits may be one way to reduce the numbers of fatal pedestrian-related car accidents on its roads and highways.
Slowing Down the MPH, Reducing the Statistics
In August, New York City announced a new round of slow zones as part of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s “Vision Zero” program to reduce the number of pedestrian deaths. The speed limit on most New York City roads will be reduced from 30 mph to 25 mph starting on November 7th.
The speed reduction plan has already proven effective. Last year in the first seven months, 91 pedestrians died in automobile accidents. This year the number is down to 70, a 24 percent drop. Although this number is still high, the news is promising.
If you or a loved one was injured or died in a pedestrian-related auto accident, you should consult an experienced New York pedestrian accident attorney to protect your legal rights. With the right attorney on your side, you can be confident that you will get the full extent of the compensation that you deserve for the injuries you have suffered.
For additional information about your legal options or to schedule a complimentary consultation, please call Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. at 1-800-529-9997.