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Sharp increase in fatal accidents in NYC

According to the New York City annual management report released last week by Mayor Michael Bloomberg, there were 291 traffic fatalities between June 2011 and June 2012. This is an increase of 23.3 percent from last year.

Of that number, bicyclists and pedestrians accounted for 176 deaths - more than 61 percent of all traffic deaths. Compare this to the 2010 national average of 15 percent and it is evident that New York City must continue to rework its streets to make things more pedestrian- and bike-friendly. Currently, there are projects in the works to install speed bumps near schools and redesign streets, especially those involved in the "Safe Routes to School" initiative.

Of course, the responsibility does not just lie with the City. Drivers' negligence accounts for a large majority of car accident deaths. In fact, more than half of the fatal crashes in New York City were caused by speeding, drunk driving, and failure to stop at stop signs or red lights.

Wrongful death actions after NYC fatal accidents

When someone else's negligence causes a fatal accident in New York City, the family of the victim has the right to bring a wrongful death lawsuit against the negligent party. Nothing can take away the past or bring a loved one back, but there are expenses a grieving family simply should not have to pay. A family may be able to recover compensation for medical expenses, funeral expenses, loss of income, loss of consortium, pain and suffering, and other damages.

To learn more about wrongful death lawsuits, please see our webpage on fatal vehicle accidents.

Source: City of New York, Mayor's Management Report, Sept. 2012.

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