New York City Personal Injury Lawyer Says Skeleton Signs Will Help to Slow Down Drivers

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Speeding and other types of driver carelessness cause too many pedestrians to suffer serious injuries or death, New York City personal injury attorney Steven J. Schwartzapfel says.

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New York City personal injury lawyer Steven J. Schwartzapfel

Pedestrian accidents happen too frequently in Manhattan and the other boroughs of New York City, and speed, driver inattention, cell phone use, texting and Web surfing are usually to blame.

New York City personal injury lawyer Steven J. Schwartzapfel today praised a new program that provides the city’s motorists with graphic reminders that speed kills pedestrians.

The city recently deployed digital signs that tell speeding drivers to “slow down.” When cars exceeding the citywide 30 mph speed limit pass by, the familiar pedestrian stick figures on the signs switch to a skeleton.

Schwartzapfel Partners, which has secured substantial verdicts and settlements for numerous New York City pedestrian accident victims, said the signs highlight the dangers pedestrians face on the city’s streets.

“Pedestrian accidents happen too frequently in Manhattan and the other boroughs of New York City, and speed, driver inattention, cell phone use, texting and Web surfing are usually to blame,” said Schwartzapfel, a founding member of the New York City personal injury law firm, Schwartzapfel Partners P.C.

“Hopefully, these new signs will send a message that slowing down can mean the difference between life and death for pedestrians in New York,” he said.

Schwartzapfel cited statistics from the 2010 New York City Pedestrian Safety Study & Action Plan that showed a pedestrian struck by a vehicle traveling 40 mph is four times more likely to die than one struck at 30 mph, the default speed limit in all of New York City.

Speed-related factors played a role in more than one-fifth of all serious New York pedestrian accidents, the study said.

“We often represent clients and families of those who were severely injured or killed because a motorist was speeding or careless,” Schwartzapfel said. "Speeding, distracted driving, cell phone use, and failure to yield to pedestrians while turning are the most common types of motorist negligence that lead to car crashes with New York City pedestrians.”

The New York City Pedestrian Safety Study revealed that driver negligence is often to blame for severe injuries or deaths in pedestrian accidents — 57 percent of accidents at intersections with signals happened while the pedestrian was crossing with the signal.

Between 2004 and 2008, New York City averaged nearly 1,500 pedestrian accidents annually that resulted in serious injury or death. Brooklyn averaged the most per year, followed by Manhattan, Queens, The Bronx and Staten Island, the study said.

“When a pedestrian is injured because of a New York driver's carelessness or recklessness, they need a strong advocate,” Schwartzapfel said. “The attorneys at Schwartzapfel Partners P.C. will fight for you.”

About Schwartzapfel Partners P.C.

Schwartzapfel Partners P.C. is one of the most prominent and well respected plaintiff personal injury and litigation firms in New York. The firm has handled tens of thousands of cases and helped thousands of clients obtain the money and benefits they deserve. Their pledge is to make a difficult situation easier and they are proud of a success rate of over 98%. Schwartzapfel Partners P.C. fights to protect the rights of those who cannot protect themselves.

With more than 150 years of combined experience and highly competent co-counsel throughout the country, Schwartzapfel Partners P.C. serves all of their clients’ legal needs. The firm focuses on all types of personal injury litigation, including vehicle accidents (car, truck motorcycle, bicycle and pedestrian), medical malpractice, wrongful death, defective products and drugs, construction accidents, workplace accidents, workers’ compensation, Social Security disability, nursing home neglect and abuse, and complex highway design defect cases. To contact the law firm, call (800) 966-4999 or use the firm’s online contact form.

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