Trends in Pedestrian Fatalities

After hearing about Robert Novak’s accident this past week when his Corvette (with the top down) struck a pedestrian, we thought that it would be interesting to note some of the statistics contained in last month’s National Pedestrian Crash Report released by the National Center for Statistics and Analysis, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The report analyzed trends in pedestrian fatalities and police-reported motor vehicle crashes involving a pedestrian in the United States between 1997 and 2006. Pedestrian fatalities declined slowly between 1997 and 2006.

However, while the probability of a pedestrian crash declined, the probability of a pedestrian fatality … Read the rest

Robert Novak’s Corvette – More Proof of The Importance of Having a Witness When Youre Injured in an Accident

Syndicated columnist Robert Novak was involved in a hit-and-run motor vehicle accident yesterday when his black Chevrolet Corvette struck a pedestrian who was crossing a street while crossing with a Walk signal within a crosswalk. Novak did not stop at the scene of accident but continued driving. He claims that he did not realize what happened until he had traveled one block and a bicyclist stopped him to tell him he had struck someone.

Luckily for the injured pedestrian, a bicyclist witnessed the hit-and-run and reportedly said that the pedestrian was splayed across Novaks windshield. The witness described how the … Read the rest

Fatalities From Car/Auto Accidents In New York City Dropped To Lowest Level Since Records Started Being Kept In 1910

New York City’s final 2007 traffic fatality data, released on January 28, 2008, shows that fatalities from motor vehicle accidents in New York City have dropped to the lowest level since records started being kept in 1910: 271 traffic fatalities citywide, down more than 30% since 2001.

There were also an all-time low 136 pedestrian deaths last year-13% fewer than previous lows in both 2004 and 2005. Since 1990 pedestrian fatalities in NYC have decreased by 62%. Prior to 1950, pedestrians accounted for of all traffic fatalities. Since then, the percentage has decreased to only .

NYC Fatal Accident History … Read the rest

Shift to Daylight Savings Time Nearly Triples Rate of Fatal Pedestrian Accidents

Two scientists have calculated that after clocks are turned back for the shift from daylight savings time to standard time, pedestrians walking during the evening rush hour are nearly three times more likely to be struck and killed by cars than before the time change, the Associated Press reports.

Ending daylight savings time translates into about 37 more U.S. pedestrian deaths around 6 p.m. in November compared to October, the researchers report. It’s not the darkness itself, but the adjustment to earlier nighttime that’s the killer.

Professors Paul Fischbeck and David Gerard, both of Carnegie Mellon Institute in Pittsburgh, conducted … Read the rest

Mayor Bloomberg Serves Jury Duty

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg reported for jury duty at the New York State Supreme Court, New York County,on August 6th, 2007. He was called for voir dire along with others into a courtroom where attorneys were set to begin picking a jury for a wrongful death lawsuit brought by a woman whose husband had died after years of operating a printing press that attorneys said contained asbestos in its brakes. The Mayor was not selected for that case.

Mayor Bloomberg returned to the Manhattan courthouse the following day where he was considered as a juror in a personal Read the rest

Is the Increase of Technology Causing an Increase in Car Accidents?

Car accidents are becoming more prevalent today and there is a cause for concern that, at the least, this is partly due to the rise in consumer use of technology, including cell phones and other devices, while they are operating their vehicles. As a result people are sustaining serious personal injuries. For instance, on Saturday June 2nd, 2007, there was a multi-car accident on the Long Island Expressway in Commack, New York due to a driver who was distracted by his Ipod. It is apparent that there is a rise of use of cell phones and ipods while individuals are … Read the rest