Look at the Bigger Picture before Celebrating ‘Historically Low’ NYC Traffic Fatalities

Earlier this week we outlined several of the upcoming Vision Zero initiatives New Yorkers can expect to see in 2016 (read the full blog here: 2016 Cyclist Safety Focus, 15 Miles of Bike Lanes Constructed in City Streets).

City officials have assured residents there will be a continued focus on pedestrian safety in 2016. Simultaneously the Mayor and other officials continue to promote the fact that 2015 had a historically low number of pedestrian fatalities.

But is this a real triumph? A preliminary report of 2015 nationwide traffic fatalities shows an overall increase of over 8%.

  • From January 2015-June 2015 an estimated 16,225 people in the U.S. died in motor vehicle crashes.
  • That is roughly 90 people every day, almost 4 people every hour.
  • New York was one of four states that accounted for 42% of the fatalities.

So, while at first glance the results of Vision Zero do appear promising its important for New Yorkers to remain vested in making our streets safer at an individual level by abiding by traffic laws, practicing safe driving practices, and continuing to hold City and State officials accountable for possible weakness’ and opportunities found in our streets.

If you or a loved one has been hurt in a traffic accident contact a personal injury attorney today.

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In furtherance of our firms culture of commitment to always act with compassion, concern and commitment to our clients, community and colleagues, we have been taking precautions to ensure that we are still fulfilling our ethical and moral obligations while prioritizing health, wellness and safety of all we can. 

As you know, the COVID-19 pandemic has introduced changes to many lives and businesses in our communities, and around the world. We, much like our neighbors and friends, have been taking precautions to ensure that we are still fulfilling our ethical and moral obligation to our clients, while also prioritizing the health, wellness and safety of our employees.

Until further notice, our offices will be closed to the public to encourage social distancing and to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Our team is still hard at work, many from home, and you may still call, email, live chat or video conference us if you or a loved one is seeking legal assistance. As the first law firm to offer our clients secure online access to their case file more than a decade ago, we have always been believers in using technology to make life easier and information more accessible. In these present times it has been a smooth transition for us to continue to offer our clients the same seamless and thorough service that you deserve and are accustomed to.

This pandemic is unlike anything any of us have faced in our lifetimes, and while we can continue to emotionally support one another through it all, staying home and keeping your distance is vital to the health and wellness of our communities. It does not feel good to break routines, cancel events and retreat from our normal, day-to-day socializing, but let us remember that, in times of strife, prior generations were asked to go to war and we are simply being asked to stay home. Your isolation equals more lives saved, and more time for medical providers to prepare for the treatment of patients battling COVID-19.

When the dust settles, we will join together with a greater appreciation for our lives, local businesses, loved ones and health. Until then, we will continue to offer guidance from a safe distance.

Very truly yours,

Andrew G. Finkelstein and the staff of Jacoby & Meyers, LLP