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New York City Pedestrian Accident Findings

By The Felicetti Law Firm  Jan. 9, 2013 2:08p

According to the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT), a pedestrian's risk of death in a traffic accident is ten times that of drivers or passengers in vehicles. In studies conducted by the DOT, it was found that 52 percent of all traffic deaths in the area from 2005 to 2009 were pedestrian fatalities. This follows in an area such as New York City, including Queens, which is heavily populated and where pedestrian traffic is common and constant in its neighborhoods throughout the year.

Further statistics quoted by the DOT in regards to pedestrian accidents showed that in close to 36 percent of those accidents where pedestrians were killed or seriously injured, driver inattention occurred. In 27 percent of pedestrian deaths, drivers failed to yield. 79 percent of traffic accidents that result in pedestrian deaths or serious injuries involve private drivers as opposed to taxis, buses, or trucks. Speed as a factor in pedestrian accidents was twice as deadly as other factors associated with such accidents. Other studies have shown that a pedestrian has a 45 percent chance of dying when struck by a vehicle traveling 30 miles per hour, which is the standard speed limit on many streets in Queens and the New York City area.

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Any pedestrian struck by a vehicle has a high risk for serious injury or death. Common pedestrian injuries are broken bones, especially of the legs, arms, and skull, head trauma, and internal injuries. Those who suffer the worst sustain traumatic brain injuries and damage to the spinal cord, which can be lasting and permanent. If you or a loved one has been injured as a pedestrian in Queens, you should immediately consult with a skilled personal injury attorney to get the legal guidance you need in making an injury claim.

The Felicetti Law Firm is dedicated to serving injury victims and their families in Queens. Attorney Felicetti has 22 years of legal experience in the court system in New York State. His firm is available 24/7, offers legal services in Spanish, and requires no upfront legal fees to get started. Contact the office to arrange to speak with an experienced attorney about the facts and circumstances of your Queens pedestrian accident today.

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