DOT Says Speeding New York City Drivers Cause Most Number of Fatal Crashes: Personal Injury Lawyer Kenneth A. Wilhelm Urges Better Speed Enforcement

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The New York City Department of Transportation released its traffic accident statistics for 2012, which showed a significant increase in the number of deadly crashes caused by speeding drivers. According to a March 18 DOT news release, officials are calling for more speed cameras and better enforcement especially near the city's schools.

There were 274 traffic deaths citywide in 2012 compared to 245 in 2011. Speeding contributed to 81 fatal crashes.

New York City DOT Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan has called for swift state authorization for the city to use speed-camera enforcement for the first time, with priority given to streets that are near schools. According to a March 18 DOT news release, the department's statistics for 2012 show that speeding was the greatest single factor in traffic deaths contributing to over 30 percent of all crash fatalities. In addition, fatal hit-and-run incidents increased by 31 percent since 2010 to 47 percent last year, the report stated.

The department also released a map identifying 100 priority schools across the five boroughs where 75 percent of vehicles or more were found to be speeding within a quarter mile of school grounds. The report states that the New York Police Department issued 1 million moving violations last year, 71,000 of which were for speeding alone.

Some of the other traffic accident facts from the DOT report include:

There were 274 traffic deaths citywide in 2012 compared to 245 in 2011. Motor vehicle occupant deaths rose from 50 to 73 while the number of pedestrian and cyclist deaths remained almost the same. Speeding contributed to 81 fatal crashes. Most crashes involved speeding, disregard of red lights or stop signs, driver inattention and alcohol impairment. Speeding was a factor in in 65 percent more crashes in 2012 compared to the previous year.

It is critical for the city to step up speeding enforcement around the city schools and better protect the most vulnerable members of our population – children, said New York personal injury lawyer Kenneth A. Wilhelm. "Whether it means installing more traffic cameras or deploying more police officers in school zones, the city needs to take steps to reduce these senseless traffic deaths."

Injured victims of negligent drivers can seek compensation through the civil justice system, Wilhelm says. "Victims can seek compensation for their losses by filing a personal injury claim regardless of whether the at-fault driver has been charged or cited by authorities. Injured victims and families of deceased victims have legal rights in such cases."

About the Law Offices of Kenneth A. Wilhelm

The Law Offices of Kenneth A. Wilhelm is a personal injury litigation firm with an unwavering dedication to its clients. With more than 41 years of experience, our firm strives to obtain the best compensation for those who have been injured or those who have lost a loved one due to an accident or by someone else's negligence. We handle cases dealing with personal injury, medical malpractice, wrongful death, workers' compensation, dental malpractice, motor vehicle accidents, rape, paralysis, comas, seizures, false arrest, lead poisoning, trips and slips and falls, elevator accidents, construction accidents, Erb's palsy, cerebral palsy, brain damage, blindness, hearing loss, dog bite cases, fire and smoke inhalation accidents, bicycle accidents, falls from windows or scaffolds, and many other types of accidents and injuries.

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