New York, NY (PRWEB) September 29, 2012
The recent death of a New York City pedestrian after being hit by a car while hailing a taxi is a warning to all New Yorkers that car accidents in the city can claim innocent bystanders, Joseph A. Ginarte, an NYC pedestrian accident lawyer, said today.
“Some might say the death of an 80-year-old man as he stood on the curb hailing a cab was a freak accident, but hundreds of pedestrians in New York are injured or killed by car accidents every year,” said Ginarte, founder of Ginarte O’Dwyer Gonzalez Gallardo & Winograd, LLP.
“This most recent tragedy is a stark example of the dangers pedestrians face on the streets of New York,” he said.
Rubin and Denise Baum were hailing a cab together on a Midtown corner September 22 when two cars collided in the intersection, according to a New York Times report. The impact, police said, sent one of the vehicles spinning into them. Rubin Baum, 80, was pinned under the car and died from his injuries. His wife, who said her husband pushed her out of the car’s path, suffered minor leg injuries.
A 2011 silver minivan driven by a 47-year-old man had been heading north on Park Avenue when it was struck by a 2000 black Mazda driven by a 20-year-old, the Times said, quoting police. Police did not anticipate criminal charges in the accident.
Although the circumstances of the most recent pedestrian accident might seem unusual, these types of accidents are not rare, data indicate. A “Pedestrian Safety Report and Action Plan” published in 2010 by the New York City Department of Transportation (NYC DOT) was based on 7,000 records of car crashes that caused serious injuries or fatalities to pedestrians. It says pedestrians accounted for 52 percent of traffic fatalities in the city from 2005 to 2009.
Dr. Ronald Simon, director of Trauma and Surgical Critical Care at Bellevue Hospital/NYU Medical Center, said in an NYC DOT news release that the center treats more than 600 pedestrians a year who have been hit by cars. “[M]any others die at the scene of the accident," he said.
The Pedestrian Safety Report says driver inattention caused nearly 36 percent of car crashes that resulted in pedestrians being killed or seriously injured. A driver failed to yield in 27 percent of crashes that killed or seriously injured a pedestrian.
Since the report was published, the city has installed countdown pedestrian signals at dozens of risky pedestrian crash locations and re-engineered miles of streets for greater pedestrian safety.
“We appreciate the city’s efforts to implement facets of the Action Plan adopted for 2010 to 2011, and hope they will continue to seek measures to increase pedestrian safety,” Ginarte said.
“Motorists and pedestrians on New York City streets still must be more cautious,” the veteran attorney continued. “Unfortunately, reckless and negligent drivers will continue to cause pedestrian injuries regardless of what anyone can do to make streets safer.”
Ginarte’s law firm pursues personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits on behalf of pedestrians injured in car accidents, or on behalf of their surviving family members.
“Every car or taxi accident that results in a pedestrian being injured should be thoroughly investigated,” Ginarte said. “Anyone hurt in a pedestrian accident, or their family in a pedestrian fatality, should contact an experienced pedestrian accident lawyer to make sure due diligence is done on their case and their rights are protected.”
About Ginarte O’Dwyer Gonzalez Gallardo & Winograd, LLP
For more than 30 years, Ginarte O’Dwyer Gonzalez Gallardo & Winograd, LLP, has served the residents of the New Jersey and New York metro area. In addition to its general practice, the firm assists clients with legal claims arising from car accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, construction accidents, medical malpractice and other personal injury cases. The firm also represents clients in employment discrimination, Social Security Disability and workers’ compensation matters. The Ginarte law firm features offices located in New York City, Newark, Elizabeth, Clifton, Union City and Perth Amboy. The firm’s New York office is located at 225 Broadway, 13th Floor, New York, NY 10007 (local phone (212) 601-9700). The firm can assist Spanish-speaking and Portuguese-speaking clients. To learn more, call 1-888-GINARTE or use the firm’s online contact form.