Slower traffic speeds can reduce the risk of car accidents occurring, and if they do occur, there’s at least a greater chance that the injuries victims suffer will be less severe.
New York, NY (PRWEB) July 19, 2012
New York City car accident lawyer David Resnick today voiced his support for Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s plan to create new 20 mph traffic zones in 13 of the City’s residential neighborhoods.
“Slower traffic speeds can reduce the risk of car accidents occurring, and if they do occur, there’s at least a greater chance that the injuries victims suffer will be less severe,” said Resnick of David Resnick & Associates, P.C., a New York City personal injury firm that helps car accident victims throughout Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, Staten Island and the Bronx.
“The expansion of New York City’s Neighborhood Slow Zone program into more residential areas, in that sense, is a proper step for increasing the safety of city streets for drivers and pedestrians,” he said.
Bloomberg and Department of Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan announced plans to reduce speed limits from 30 miles per hour to 20 miles per hour in 13 residential neighborhoods at a July 10 news conference in Corona, Queens. The city said in a news release accompanying the announcement that speeding was the single largest cause of fatal car crashes in the city.
Since the program’s first neighborhood slow zone was instituted in the Claremont section of the Bronx in November, speeding in the zone had fallen about 10 percent, according to the news release.
The city said the 13 neighborhoods preliminarily selected for implementation of a Slow Zone are Mt. Eden, Baychester, Eastchester and Riverdale in the Bronx; Boerum Hill in Brooklyn; Inwood in Northern Manhattan; Corona, Elmhurst, Jackson Heights/East Elmhurst and Auburndale in Queens; and New Brighton/St. George, Dongan Hills and Rosebank on Staten Island. The zones will also feature speed bumps and special signs.
Residents of the neighborhoods applied for Slow Zones. The sites were evaluated based on crash history; community support; proximity of schools, senior centers and daycare centers; and additional criteria.
“We firmly believe this will be a great benefit as the residents of these neighborhoods begin to see fewer automobile accidents and the personal injuries and deaths they cause,” Resnick said.
“The unfortunate aspect of this is that even 20 mph zones will not stop the most reckless and negligent drivers from speeding and engaging in other types of aggressive driving that result in innocent New Yorkers being hurt and killed in auto accidents.”
Resnick, whose firm has recovered millions of dollars in lawsuits on behalf of New York residents injured in car accidents, said those who suffer personal injuries in collisions caused by speeding and aggressive driving have the right to seek compensation from the driver who caused the collision. If someone dies because of injuries suffered in a car crash, his or her survivors may have a wrongful death claim, he added.
“We’ve investigated hundreds of auto accidents in the city and found that a driver’s negligence or recklessness, such as speeding, served as the direct cause of the wreck,” the veteran New York City personal injury attorney said.
“Anyone injured by a speeding driver should contact an experienced car accident attorney right away to protect their legal rights and options for seeking relief for their financial losses, and pain and suffering,” Resnick said.
About David Resnick & Associates, P.C.
David Resnick & Associates, P.C., provides professional and compassionate legal assistance to victims of injury and negligence. Founded in 1998, the firm is experienced at handling multiple types of injury and negligence cases in New York City, including motor vehicle accidents, hit and run, bicycle accidents, pedestrian injuries, trip and fall, construction accidents, premises liability and other kinds of personal injury and wrongful death claims.
David Resnick & Associates serves clients in Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, Staten Island, the Bronx and all of New York City. The firm’s office is located at 450 7th Avenue, Suite 409, New York, NY 10123. Mr. Resnick can be reached at (212) 279-2000 or through his website’s online contact form.