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.

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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