Articles Posted in Motor Vehicle Accidents

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A recent investigation reveals that the New York Police Department did not issue as many tickets as they say they have in response to complaints that were made.

A new investigation by Streetsblog asks whether the New York Police Department responded to as many 311 complaints regarding blocked bike lanes as it claimed to. According to the report, the NYPD said it issued “more than 100 tickets last year” over such complaints, but an analysis of city-provided data “contain no record of nearly one-fifth of those summonses.” Continue reading

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After lengthy research and discussions with members of the community, a New York State legislator and a transportation policymaker for NYC are working together to have more bike lanes added on city streets, despite some being against this proposal.

A New York state legislator is working with a New York City transportation policymaker to stymie a move by the NYC Department of Transportation to make East Flatbush safer for cyclists, according to a recent report by StreetsBlog. The Assembly Member, Brooklyn’s Rodneyse Bichotte Hermelyn, and the Community Board 17 Transportation Committee Chairman, Roderick Daley, recently declared their “full-throated opposition” to a plan that would install painted bike lanes in the neighborhood, which currently has three.  Continue reading

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A new bill proposed by council member, Mark Gjonaj, would make it mandatory for New York City food delivery services to reimburse their workers for any accident related costs that may occur while they are delivering food.

New York City Council member Mark Gjonaj has introduced a bill that would require food delivery services like DoorDash and Uber Eats to reimburse delivery workers for “certain costs” resulting from vehicle crashes as they delivery food. According to a New York Post report and the City Council’s website, require the companies to reimburse expenses relating to medical treatment and property damage, while imposing financial penalties on companies that don’t comply with the law.

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New York City has recently announced the return of a campaign that will call for increased traffic enforcement and speed cameras in order to provide safer streets for drivers and pedestrians who are out in the fall and winter months as it gets dark out at a much earlier time.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s office has announced the return of multi-agency traffic enforcement to protect vulnerable and road users after sunset in the fall and winter. Referred to as the city’s “Dusk and Darkness campaign,” the effort involves increased traffic enforcement in the evening and nighttime, specifically with regard to speeding and failure to yield. It also involved “street teams” from the Department of Transportation and the New York Police Department venturing to “high-visibility locations” across the city to encourage commuters to stay safe.  Continue reading

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Recent reports share that two more pedestrians were struck and killed in two separate incidents last week, one in Brooklyn and one in downtown Manhattan with an impaired driver being charged with vehicular manslaughter.

The death toll of New York City’s streets increased by at least two last week, according to reports by the New York Daily News and Streetsblog. The victims were a 33-year-old man who died after being struck by a reportedly “drugged-up” driver in Brooklyn, and a 78-year-old woman “run over and killed by the driver of a massive pickup truck” in downtown Manhattan. Continue reading

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Based on data that was recently shared, New York State, along with a few other states, has seen an increase in fatal car accidents with a total of almost 400 fatal accidents in just the first half of the year.

The first half of 2021 saw an increase in car crash-related deaths in New York, according to a recent report by News 10. Citing an analysis of traffic fatality data by QuoteWizard, the report observes that “fatal crashes are up 13% in the first half of 2021,” with 251 fatal crashes during the first six months of 2020 compared to 398 fatal crashes in the first six months of 2021.  Continue reading

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Concerns continue to arise over unprotected bike lanes after a Queens cyclist was struck and killed by a truck driver who was driving with a suspended license, making him the 4th cyclist to be killed in Queens in 2021.

The death of a cyclist struck and killed by a box truck driver in Queens has renewed concerns about unprotected bike lanes in New York City. According to news reports, the 58-year-old man, Qiang Tu, was riding down 47th Avenue in Sunnyside, Queens when the truck driver traveling in the same direction hit him as he made a turn onto 47th Street. The 33-year-old truck driver, Shakai Waye, was reportedly driving with a suspended license, and was charged with Aggravated Unlicensed Operator, according to the Sunnyside Post. Tu was taken to the Elmhurst Hospital Center, but “couldn’t be saved,” according to Yahoo! News.  Continue reading

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New York Governor, Kathy Hochul, stated that she plans to use her power to provide New Yorkers with safer streets by adding in speed cameras to busy school zones without waiting for further state legislature approval.

New York Governor Kathy Hochul recently expressed support for measures that would allow New York City to add speed cameras without permission from the state legislature—a move that transit activists and city policymakers have long been advocating for. According to a recent report by StreetsBlog, the governor’s comments came during an event with local publication City & State, and distinguished her from former Governor Andrew Cuomo.  Continue reading

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The Commissioner of the Department of Transportation has become increasingly concerned about the status of New York City streets after a recent reckless driving incident  lead to the death of a 3-month-old infant.

A letter obtained by New York City local news publication StreetsBlog reveals that the city’s Department of Transportation Commissioner is pursuing a meeting with the head of the state’s Department of Motor Vehicles to discuss solutions to the city’s fatal reckless driving problem. The letter, from DOT Commissioner Hank Gutman to DMV Commissioner Mark Schroeder, was sent on October 21st and seeks to “devise new, innovative strategies to address the problem of reckless drivers.” Continue reading

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A recent report on the dangers of SUVs has been brought to light after two toddlers were struck and killed by New York City drivers in large SUVs; at this time both drivers have been found not guilty.

The last week in New York City put a tragic spotlight on the danger of large SUVs that impede driver visibility. As StreetsBlog and the New York Daily News reported, two 2-year-old New Yorkers were hit and killed by SUV drivers. Neither driver was charged.  Continue reading

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