In Wake of Fatal Car-Pedestrian Accidents, Elmira Lawyer Calls For Safety Awareness Campaign

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Elmira personal injury lawyer Scott C. Gottlieb says the city needs to give more attention to promoting pedestrian safety in light of three recent tragic accidents.

In the wake of these tragic accidents, I believe there is an urgent need to take action that will promote the safety of pedestrians throughout Elmira and Chemung County.

A campaign to raise awareness of the need for pedestrian safety will be crucial in the aftermath of three recent fatal car-pedestrian accidents in Chemung County, Elmira personal injury attorney Scott C. Gottlieb says.

As reported in the Elmira Star-Gazette, a man, an elderly woman and a teenager were each struck and killed by motor vehicles on Chemung County roads between Aug. 24 and Sept. 5, with two of those accidents occurring within a half-block of each other and only two days apart.

“Above all, I would extend my condolences to the families who have lost their loved ones,” Gottlieb says. “In the wake of these tragic accidents, I believe there is an urgent need to take action that will promote the safety of pedestrians throughout Elmira and Chemung County.”

Gottlieb, who represents the victims and families of car accidents and pedestrian accidents throughout New York’s Upstate Region, including those that result in severe or fatal brain and head injuries, points to statistics that show an alarmingly high injury and fatality rate for New York pedestrians.

According to the most recently compiled numbers from the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles, there were 302 pedestrians killed within the state in 2008. Pedestrians can include those traveling by foot, bicycle, skateboard, roller skates or scooter.

The cause of pedestrian accidents varies. Many accidents are caused by the automobile driver or pedestrian having an obstructed view and being unable to see each other, Gottlieb says. A distracted driver or pedestrian can be another common cause.

“Recent laws that have been passed, and the awareness campaigns that have accompanied those laws, should hopefully reduce one of the leading forms of distracted driving – texting or talking on a cell phone while behind the wheel,” Gottlieb says.

“Still, I believe we could do a better job of promoting pedestrian safety through a campaign that reminds motorists, walkers, bicyclists, skateboarders, roller skaters and others about the need to pay attention to each other,” he says. “We need to share the roads.”

About Scott C. Gottlieb, Injury Law Attorney

Scott C. Gottlieb, Injury Law Attorney, handles all types of personal injury and medical malpractice cases, including cases involving drunk-driving accidents, motor vehicle accidents, wrongful death, cancer misdiagnosis, dog bites, hunting accidents, birth injuries, brain injuries, construction accidents, fall down injuries and insurance settlements. The firm regularly employs accident reconstruction experts, investigators, photographers and economists to assist us in evaluating and preparing personal injury cases. The firm features offices in Binghamton, Elmira, Rochester, Syracuse and Watertown. For more information, call 1-800-TALK-LAW or use the firm’s online contact form.

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