Queens Driver Kills Pedestrians
A driver from Queens, New York was traveling down Queens Boulevard this Monday when he hit two men. The 22-year-old driver was allegedly speeding and was not watching ahead when he plowed into a 58-year-old man and a 41-year-old man. Both victims died shortly after the accident. One was pronounced dead at the scene, while the other was taken to a hospital and pronounced dead after failed treatments. The driver of the car remained at the scene of the collision. Police are now investigating the crash.
This is evidence of a devastating pedestrian incident and is one of many that take place in the New York City area every year. In fact, 52% if all traffic fatalities between 2005 and 2009 were pedestrian accidents. 35% of all pedestrian accidents studied during that time occurred because the driver was not paying attention, and 27% of all pedestrian accidents happened when a driver failed to yield. Studies show that pedestrian-vehicle crashes involving unsafe speeds are twice as deadly as other crashes. Amd serious pedestrian crashes are about two-thirds more deadly if they take place on major street corridors rather than on smaller, local streets.
In New York City, there are dozens of major cross streets in the grid-like city, there is much opportunity for severe crashes of this nature. Studies show that the speed limit in New York is 30 mph, but most drivers don’t know that. Also, 80% of the crashes that kill or seriously injure pedestrians involve male drivers. 79% of all crashes that seriously injure pedestrians involve private vehicles, as opposed to the many taxis, trucks and buses on the street. If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident in New York City, don’t hesitate to call an attorney right away and seek financial compensation from a liable party. Contact Greenberg & Stein for a free consultation today!