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Pedestrian Dies Three Days After Being Hit

February 13, 2020 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

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UPDATE: Driver in Fatal Green Island Crash Had a Green Light, Suspended License

February 11, 2020 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

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Teen Dies in Green Island Car Crash

February 10, 2020 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

(ALBANY, February 2020) A 17 year old pedestrian was hit and killed in a car accident on State Route 787 in Green Island. The crash occurred around 11 p.m. on Sunday when four pedestrians were hit. The three other victims are currently receiving treatment for their injuries. According to the Daily Gazette, there is an ongoing investigation into the crash. 

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Pedestrians Injured by Car Accident in Hoboken

February 06, 2020 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

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Man in Critical Condition Following Bay Shore Hit and Run Crash

February 05, 2020 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

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Pedestrian Killed in Nassau County Car Accident

February 04, 2020 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

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Driver Charged Following Fatal Accident in January

February 04, 2020 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

(NEW YORK, February 2020) A driver who hit and killed an elderly pedestrian on January 14th has been charged with failure to exercise due care and failure to yield to a pedestrian. Police found that the driver, Avraham Ederi, 22, turned onto 13th Ave while the victim, James Bright, 81, was crossing the street in the crosswalk with a green light. According to the NY Daily News, Bright died of his injuries in the hospital on January 23rd. 

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Pedestrian Killed by Queens Driver

February 03, 2020 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

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Six pedestrians killed in deadly three-day stretch in NYC

December 20, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

(NEW YORK, December 2019) - Two pedestrians were killed in separate accidents today, marking a deadly three-day stretch in which six pedestrians have lost their lives on NYC streets. 

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UPDATE: Victim of falling debris in New York City identified as prominent architect

December 19, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

(NEW YORK, December 2019) - New York City's Department of Buildings continues to investigate why debris fell from a building in Midtown Manhattan on Tuesday, killing a prominent architect. Scaffolding has been erected to prevent any further tragedies near the building on West 49th Street. 

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Pedestrian killed by falling debris in Manhattan

December 18, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

(NEW YORK, December 2019) - A woman was struck and killed by a piece of debris that fell from a midtown Manhattan building on Tuesday morning. The victim was identified as 60-year-old Erica Tishman. 

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Endicott man killed in pedestrian accident on Route 46 in Wayne

December 13, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

(NEW JERSEY, December 2019) - A New York man was killed in a pedestrian accident in on Route 46 in Wayne, just east of the Willowbrook Mall on Wednesday night. The victim, 60-year old John Baranski was struck by a Honda SUV at around 9:50 p.m., according to the Passaic County Prosecutor's Office. The victim was officially pronounced dead at 10:30 p.m.

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Several Drivers and Pedestrians Transported to Hospital After Multi-Vehicle Crash in Manhattan

December 09, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Authorities are still investigating the cause of a multi-vehicle crash that sent seven people to the hospital in serious condition on Saturday night. The three-vehicle crash occurred just before 9:00 p.m. at a busy intersection at East 23rd Street and Park Avenue South. Three drivers, a passenger, and three pedestrians were transported to Bellvue Hospital for treatment of serious injuries as a result of the crash.

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Toddler in stroller killed in fatal auto-pedestrian accident in the Bronx

December 09, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

A three-year-old child was killed and a mother was seriously injured in an auto-pedestrian crash in the Bronx today. The accident occurred at 9:35 a.m., when a mother was pushing her child in a stroller in the crosswalk at 1st Avenue when they were hit by a blue Ford F-250 truck making a left turn off E. 116th St.

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Investigators asking for help finding hit-and-run driver in West New York

December 04, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

(NEW YORK, December 2019) - West New York police investigators are seeking information on a hit-and-run auto-pedestrian accident that occurred on Sunday, December 1st. Police responded to reports of a man unconscious on the ground at 4:00 p.m. at 66th Street and Boulevard East. At the scene, they found a 65-year-old New York man who had apparently been struck by a vehicle that had left the scene.

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Pedestrians Injured in Multiple Vehicle Crash Near Brooklyn College

October 28, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

WNBC-TV reported on October 25, 2019, that five people were injured in a multiple-vehicle accident near Brooklyn College, and three of the victims were pedestrians. Three of the injuries were classified as minor and two were serious but not life-threatening, but it was not clear how many of the seriously injured were pedestrians.

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Chain-Reaction Crash in Brooklyn Injures Four, Including One Pedestrian

October 10, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Four people were injured in a crash in Brooklyn on Monday afternoon. According to CBS2 New York, the collision occurred at 54th Street and Fourth Avenue in Sunset Park at around 2:30 p.m. 

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Study Finds Highly-touted Pedestrian-Safety Features on New Vehicles to Be Inconsistent and Ineffective

October 04, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

The American Automobile Association (AAA), a privately held nonprofit national member association and service organization with more than 58 million members, announced on October 3, 2019, that new research found that automatic emergency braking systems with pedestrian detection performed inconsistently and were “completely ineffective at night.” 

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Parents Well-Served to Learn Walking Route

July 30, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Getting ready for back to school can quickly devolve into a whirlwind of stress.  Finding out which teacher your children will have, checking supply lists, and trying to track down the one last box of the specific brand of pencil or art supply can be a harrowing experience.  But despite all the hubbub, parents would be well-served to find time to squeeze in evaluating the walking path their child will take to and from school.

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Kids Walking Alone Can Be a Tough Decision

July 19, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Getting kids to and from school can be a difficult proposition, particularly for working parents or parents with multiple children attending different schools.  Staggering start times and adjusting for traffic can be problematic.  Even managing bus pickup times and but stops can be a multi-hour logic puzzle that yields unmanageable results.

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Improving Intersection Safety for Pedestrians

July 01, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

It is no surprise that many automobile accidents take place at intersections.  Drivers are attempting to determine who has right of way, are braking more frequently and sometimes more suddenly, and are generally executing turns in addition to the normal process of going straight.  The additional options make it much more potentially confusing.

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Drivers Must Be Particularly Aware of Pedestrians in Icy Conditions

January 10, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Attentiveness to surroundings is always important when driving, but even more so when icy conditions hinder your ability to brake quickly.  Though keeping focused on the road in front of you is an excellent way to reduce the risk of a motor vehicle accident, checking peripheries and keeping an eye out for pedestrians can be the difference between life and death for someone on foot.

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Trick or Treat Pedestrian Accidents a Long-Time Problem

October 22, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Trick-or-treating is an old tradition, dating to at least the 1920s in the United States of America, and going back at least 400 years in the United Kingdom.  Children dressing up and going house to house to collect candy or other sweets has survived the many cultural shakeups that have occurred from the Great Depression through today.

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Despite Precautions, Pedestrian Deaths Remain High

May 14, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

The pedestrian death rate has surged over the last ten years, rising by nearly fifty percent nationwide.  The death rate from 2015 to 2016 remained steady, the first time in five years that the rate has not increased.  Even holding steady represents a significant increase since 2009, and experts are not in agreement as to the cause of the rise.

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Red Light Running Impossible to Predict

March 13, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Pedestrians are significantly more likely to suffer major injuries or be killed if involved in an accident than a driver.  Without the protection of hundreds of pounds of steel to disperse weight, even a minor accident can result in death or disability.  This is particularly true of small children, who have even less mass to absorb any impact.

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Pedestrians Not Safe on Sidewalk

November 22, 2017 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Pedestrian safety is under-prioritized in most of the country.  Since so many Americans drive, bike, or take mass transit that minimizes the need to use their feet, they do not understand just how vulnerable those who do walk everywhere are.  The assumption is that street safety alone will protect a person on foot, or that looking both ways before crossing streets and facing traffic while walking will keep you safe.  But it does not always work that way.

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Ignoring the People Puts Others at Risk

November 13, 2017 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

When determining whether or not a certain street or intersection is safe, a good first step is to ask the people who frequent it.  Pedestrians in particular are usually aware of potential traffic issues, such as habitual speeding, ignoring traffic signals, or need for a crosswalk in a certain area, and urban planners would be wise to consult with locals when making determinations about traffic in certain areas. 

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Certain Factors Increase Risk of Pedestrian Accidents

October 24, 2017 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

A Brockton, Massachusetts woman is dead after being struck crossing a street between two local businesses on October 14th, 2017.  The woman was on her way to lunch with a friend when she was struck and killed by oncoming traffic.  She suffered significant head trauma and was dead before reaching the hospital.

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Crossing Guard Injuries Underline Pedestrian Risks

September 22, 2017 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Crossing guards have a lot of safety advantages that ordinary pedestrians do not.  Armed with stop signs and bright safety vests, and usually manning clearly marked crosswalks during school hours, crossing guards expect that most drivers will be going approximately 15 miles per hour and will be on the lookout for people crossing the street.

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Popular NYC Radio DJ Killed in Pedestrian Hit and Run Accident

December 20, 2016 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Listeners of Latin music radio station Mega 97.9 were shocked to learn of the death of DJ Jinx Paul, who died as the result of a hit-and-run accident in Brooklyn. Police are now looking for the driver who left Jean Paul Guerrero on the street to die.

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December is a Dangerous Month for Pedestrians

December 02, 2016 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

New York City streets are busy this time of year as residents and visitors bustle about with the holidays less than a month away. The increase of cars and pedestrians coupled with early sunsets makes it more likely for accidents and injuries to occur. For this reason, Mayor Bill de Blazio is reinforcing the message behind the City’s “Dusk and Darkness” safety initiative, that motorists take extra caution during a time when pedestrian accidents increase significantly.

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Is NYC’s Vision Zero Program Reducing Pedestrian and Bicycle Accidents as Planned?

September 28, 2016 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

The announcement of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Vision Zero program in 2014 gained attention across the city and continues to be a topic of discussion as the plan moves forward. The goal of Vision Zero is to completely eliminate traffic accident fatalities by the year 2024. While the number of deaths decreased in the mayor’s first two years in office, statistics show those number are up again in 2016, something of great concern to motorist, pedestrians and bicyclists.

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Pedestrian Accidents are a Growing Concern

March 01, 2016 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

New Yorkers are thinking twice about where they walk as a series of pedestrian accidents left five people dead and two critically injured across the city in a span of 31 hours. Even more distressing is that five of these incidents involved a hit and run driver.

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Distracted Walkers Pose Risk to Others

January 12, 2016 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Distracted driving is finally starting to be discussed as a major danger to communities.  People are finally starting to notice that distracted driving can be just as dangerous as drunk driving.  This is a major breakthrough, as more states, cities, and communities look at laws to address this troubling trend.

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New York Law Firm Provides Pedestrian Accident Advice

August 04, 2015 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

As our children grow, they want to take on more and more responsibility.  Often, the first few steps into young adulthood occur around the house, as we give our children chores to do and perhaps provide them with an allowance.  But as the months pass, our children seek more and more responsibilities outside the house.  One of the privileges often sought by children is being allowed to walk to school.

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Pedestrian Accidents: Prevention With Crosswalks

April 16, 2015 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Always use the crosswalk.  That is what we are taught from a young age, as if a crosswalk is a magical thing that can protect us from all harm.  As pedestrians, all we can do is follow the rules of the road and pray.  All too often, that isn’t enough.

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Finz & Finz, P.C. Wins Motion in Motor Vehicle Accident Where Driver of a Bentley Denied Contact with Plaintiff

April 13, 2015 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

The plaintiff, a female high school student, was on her school track team and out for a jog. As she was standing on the sidewalk waiting to cross the street, a Hyundai driven by a defendant began to cross over the double yellow line and into oncoming traffic. The defendant driver of a Bentley was travelling in the opposite direction of the Hyundai and claimed that when he first saw the Hyundai, it was completely in his lane and 40-60 yards ahead of him.  The Bentley driver testified at his deposition that when he saw the Hyundai, he accelerated and turned his wheel to the right to avoid contact with the Hyundai.  Plaintiff claims that she was struck by the Bentley causing a left leg fracture.

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Pedestrian Accidents: A Grandparent's Nightmare

April 03, 2015 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

It’s a grandparent’s nightmare.  On March 16th, Charles Napier, of Florence, Ohio, was walking with his wife and pulling his grandchildren in a red wagon when they were struck by a car driven by a 22 year old woman.  The car swerved onto the shoulder of the road, striking Mr. Napier and the wagon.  The two children, 13 month old twins, and Mr. Napier were pronounced dead at the scene, despite emergency CPR being provided almost immediately by a passing motorist.

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Pedestrian Accidents: Controversy on the Street

March 23, 2015 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

New York City sometimes seems to be the center of the world, and because of that status, little things can be amplified.  Sometimes it seems like everything has to be a controversy, just so the newspapers have something to talk about.  But something as simple as pedestrian safety shouldn’t be controversial.

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Pedestrian Accidents: No Walk in the Park

October 24, 2014 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Parks are supposed to be open to everyone.  Children play in them.  Couples walk through them holding hands.  People have parties and barbeques and other get-togethers at them.  A great park is an important part of any community, and no park is more famous than Central Park.  Because of its size and beauty, it is the standard against which other parks are compared.

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Pedestrian Accidents: Standing By Can Hurt You

September 16, 2014 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Pedestrian safety is extremely important, which is why our parents prioritized teaching us the rules of the road.  Our parents taught us which side of the street to walk on, how to look both ways before crossing the street, and the importance of traffic lights and crosswalks.  But just because we think we know how to keep safe walking down the street doesn’t mean we actually are safe, even as adults.

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Watch Where You Walk

June 24, 2014 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Walking is a healthy exercise that can begin at an early age. It requires a minimum investment: comfortable clothes and walking shoes. Parents can start children in the habit of daily walking at an early age, especially if they reside near schools, parks or shopping centers. Regular walking can help prevent childhood obesity. And, as an adult, one can walk to reduce weight and the risk of developing diabetes.

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Pedestrian Safety: Cutting the Programs that Work

June 06, 2014 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Good news came out of Columbia University in May, when a study from the Mailman School of Health revealed that New York City’s Safe Routes to School program was extremely successful, reducing accidents and saving the city, its medical system, and the people of New York hundreds of millions of dollars.  Of course this news came too late to save the program, which was cancelled last year.

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A Hit-and-Run Accident is Often An Unsolved Mystery

April 15, 2014 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Hit-and-run accidents result in anger, confusion, revenge and often serious injury or death of the victim.  Because a hit and run is exactly what it says it is—an accident where someone is hit and the car takes off—it remains to be seen in many cases who was driving the vehicle. In some cases, the place of the hit-and-run is a place where other accidents have occurred, such as dangerous streets or intersections; others are isolated incidents that occur randomly in any given street in a number of towns across the country.  Many hit-and-run accidents happen in evening or early morning hours when people are driving home form bars, or taking an early shift to work, and visibility is impaired or non-existent. How likely is a hit-and-run to happen to you, and what can you do to prevent one from happening in the first place?

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Risks to Bystanders: Police Chases and Stand-Offs

April 07, 2014 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Even if you are not directly involved in a police chase or a standoff, those who are “innocent bystanders” can also find themselves in the line of fire for potential accident or injury.  While public officials do their best to restrain the public from moving closer to an actual or potential crime scene, there are always some who will want to be a part of the action by putting themselves in harm’s way.  People often think that nothing will happen if they are not the ones being chased, or the ones having a conflict with the police force; they think nothing of moving in closer to get a better view of what is happening.  But doing so may not be so smart.

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Walking to School: Keeping Our Kids Out of Harm’s Way

March 25, 2014 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Pedestrian accidents amounted to 173 deaths in New York in 2013.  Sadly, some of those deaths were related to school-aged children, in particular those from kindergarten through 8th grade. No matter how much we teach our children to pay attention and look both ways when crossing the road, sometimes there are distractions or unsafe measures that put them in the way of an oncoming vehicle. Conditions like heavy traffic areas, extreme weather conditions, snow pileup or icy sidewalks can all lead to injuries among school-aged children, particularly when it comes to intersections with no lights or crossing guards.

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Pedestrian vs. Car: Who is to Blame?

February 18, 2014 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Pedestrian versus car accidents occur in many parts of the county, and the number is not dwindling. At first glance either party could be to blame for a tragedy that could have otherwise been avoided.  In New York, it is beyond many of us that people take the chances they do when it comes to their own safety.  From texting and using cell phones in the car, to texting and using cell phones when walking, the dangers are even more prevalent in a society where distractions are never-ending.  Both vehicles and pedestrians must pay attention when it comes to ensuring their own self-safety.  But, paying attention is not the only way to keep us safe.  Some other common sense applications include:

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Halloween: Keeping Your Kids Safe While Having Fun

October 31, 2013 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

The holiday season is officially here; you can feel it in the air, you can see it in the trees as they change color and you can tell by the way your kids are anxiously awaiting the chance to go trick or treating. In and of themselves, holidays present various challenges and Halloween is no exception.  From non-fire-resistant costumes, to running out in street to visit the next best scariest house, to inspecting candy that your child receives from a neighbor, many factors come into play in keeping your family, children and their friends safe on this Halloween occasion.

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Pedestrian Accidents—Stay Alert in a Parking Lot

September 27, 2013 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Pedestrian accidents involve people who are not in a moving vehicle but may encounter a moving vehicle, such as in a hit and run case, or a car that jumps the curb while a person is waiting at a stop sign.  Pedestrian accidents can also occur at a shopping malls, in parking lots, or in your own neighborhood while you’re walking your dog.  Let’s take a look at incidents that occur in parking lots.

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Pedestrian Accidents: Taxis, Texting and More

September 19, 2013 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

In a tragic and unusual circumstance earlier in August, a British tourist who had recently landed in New York lost her leg when a taxi jumped the curb, hitting and injuring her immediately.  While the case is still under investigation, initial reports stated the taxi had jumped the curb in an effort to avoid hitting a bicyclist messenger who was riding close to the taxi.  What are the frequency of taxi /bike or taxi/pedestrian accidents, and is there any way to avoid them?

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Joggers and Runners: Risks on the Road

August 13, 2013 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Summertime brings out the road warrior in all of us.  From strolling in our neighborhoods with our children, to running and jogging on popular trails or along the sides of streets, to taking an after-dinner walk while the weather and light still permit.  But, taking advantage of the great weather and longer daylight hours can also pose some dangers to runners, walkers and joggers who take to the road more frequently than normal.

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Back to School: Reminders for Kids, Parents and Drivers

August 07, 2013 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

It is hard to believe that we’re just a little bit beyond the middle of summer and school supplies are already on the shelves of our favorite department stores and retailers.  Little ones are excited to start new ventures, and older students are waiting for the day when they can scratch “graduate” off the to-do list.  The start of school means more drivers and pedestrians on the roads, however, and some gentle reminders are appropriate to keep everyone in check.

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Road Distractions: It’s Not Just the Drivers Who Are Distracted

August 05, 2013 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

How many times do we see someone crossing the street—whether in a crosswalk or not—and using a cell phone at the same time?  We see people talking or texting and paying no attention at all to the oncoming traffic or traffic that is stopped.  We see it in grocery stores, shopping malls, and downtown.  People are distracted by the very devices that keep them connected to the world. Unfortunately, the connection with the world could result in an injury or death, leaving them permanently disconnected to those who love them.

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The Wrong Place at the Wrong Time: Car vs. Pedestrian Accidents Fault Distracted Drivers

April 04, 2013 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

The scene from a recent news story is tragic:  a van plows into a group of pedestrians waiting at the light to cross the street. One person is even dragged by the van, and dies as a result of multiple injuries. The others sustain serious injuries.  The cause:  The driver was distracted reaching for a carton of milk; the van jumped the curb into the group of people, injuring those innocents who suspected nothing of the sort. 

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Pedestrian Accidents: How to Stay Safe on New York Streets

March 05, 2013 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Pedestrian accidents happen on a daily basis, in some of the least likely places in the city, to areas of town that gauge high on the danger zone.   We like to think we’re safe when walking along the streets of New York heading to the local grocery store or window shopping along the decorated routes, but large mishaps can occur as a result of seemingly small oversights. Pedestrian accidents are those accidents involving someone “on foot” in areas where there are moving vehicles.  Pedestrian accidents occur in all forms, from crossing the sidewalk, to being hit in a parking lot while walking to a car, to a child running into the street to retrieve a basketball that has rolled into traffic.  While they involve all ages of pedestrians, elders and small children seem to rank highest for incidents involving emergency care.

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