NYC Bikers and Pedestrians Fed Up, Here’s How You Can Step Up

The majority of New Yorkers who bike or walk regularly would admit to feeling unsafe from time to time on city streets. Many feel unsafe every day, but feel powerless and unable to avoid their dangerous daily commute.

As a personal injury law firm, we serve as a resource for those who have been injured in pedestrian knockdowns and cycling crashes. But what if you haven’t been hurt, yet are fearful you will be due to dangerous conditions throughout the city? There are organizations working to prevent injuries, like the Transportation Alternative, that you may want to check out.

Transportation Alternatives’ mission is to reclaim New York City’s streets from the automobile and advocate for better bicycling, walking, and public transit for all New Yorkers.

With 100,000 active supporters and a committee of activists working locally in every borough,    TransAlt fights for the installation of infrastructure improvements that reduce speeding and traffic crashes, save lives and improve everyday transportation for all New Yorkers.  –Transportation Alternative

The organization’s website contains links which allow you to request improvements on your street and in your community (such as reduced speed limits, protected bike lanes, infrastructure updates to help senior pedestrian visibility, speed bumps, speed cameras, and so on). While there’s no guarantee the requests will be carried out, voicing your concerns is an important first step in affecting change.

Every day our attorneys work with individuals whose lives have been changed forever in preventable incidents. We work hard to get our clients the compensation they deserve, but the majority of our clients would tell all the money in the world wouldn’t make up for the lasting physical and emotional effects of a crash. We hope that you’ll never need our services, and urge you to support groups like the Transportation Alternative, whose important work keeps us all a bit safer.

Dear friends and clients,

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