Is Vision Zero Failing?

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Many New York City commuters are opting out of using mass transit and are instead choosing cars to get around. Safety advocates believe this could be a contributing factor to the recent surge in cyclist fatalities. Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Vision Zero safety initiative is again under scrutiny, some describing the initiative as a failure.

Under Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Vision Zero safety initiative, the city has pledged to eliminate all traffic-related deaths by 2024, but 2019 poses a significant challenge to an already ambitious goal.

There have been 15 cyclist fatalities so far this year compared with 10 recorded in all of last year. Overall traffic deaths are also on pace to rise this year, with 96 fatalities on city streets through June, compared with 83 at the same point last year, a 15.7 percent jump. And traffic injuries have climbed since 2014 — increasing from 51,057 injuries that year to 60,800 last year — even while deaths had declined to historic lows in 2018. – Mass Transit

According to the National Safety Council, a national review of 2018 data projects a total of 6,227 pedestrian deaths for the year, the highest total since 6,482 deaths were recorded in 1990.

Jacoby & Meyers, LLP has represented countless victims who sustained injuries while cycling or as pedestrians. Our team of personal injury attorneys have a unique understanding of lifelong impactions of injuries sustained when a pedestrian or cyclist comes into contact with a motor vehicle. Cyclists and pedestrians often sustain one or more of the injuries listed below:

  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Broken bones
  • Serious lacerations
  • Back and spinal injuries

It is extremely important to seek legal counsel if you are injured after being struck by a car, bus, or truck. Your symptoms may worsen over time and you may be unable to provide for your family or perform to the day to day tasks you’re accustomed to. An experienced attorney will walk you through your rights and will fight to get you the compensation you deserve. Click here to contact us today.