The “New York City Right of Way Law” was designed to help protect pedestrians on New York City streets. According to the law if a driver fails to yield and hurts or kills a pedestrian within a crosswalk with the right of way the act is considered a misdemeanor.
It’s hard to imagine that New Yorkers would have objections to a law designed to increase street safety but when six MTA bus drivers were arrested and charged after failing to adhere to the new law their union quickly took action, resulting in an addendum to the law. NYC bus drivers are more or less exempt to the law provided they act with “due care.”
On Tuesday, November 3rd an MTA bus hit and killed a 70-year-old woman while she was attempting to cross the street in the Ocean Hill section of Brooklyn.
According to authorities the driver of the bus continued driving, supposedly unaware that he had struck a pedestrian.
The driver is currently suspended without pay and has been charged with leaving the scene of an accident, failure to yield and other offences.
If you or a loved one has been struck by a bus contact an experienced personal injury attorney today. New Yorkers should feel safe on city streets. To read more about safely commuting in New York City click here.