If you have already been a car accident victim in New York City, then you know just how quickly your entire life can change because someone else is willingly or unknowingly breaking the law with regard to speed. In 2014, New York City lowered the default speed limit within the city from 30 miles per hour to 25. Although it might seem like this change was made on a whim, some argue that adjusting the speed limit by even five miles per hour can help to reduce accidents and the dangerous injuries that come with them.
According to the laws of physics, it seems that pedestrians are the ones who benefit from lower speed limits not just in New York but around the country. According to research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, pedestrians who are hit by cars moving at 30 miles per hour are at least 70 percent more likely to be killed by the collision than those hit by cars moving at 25 miles per hour.
According to the research, 30 miles per hour seems to be the maximum limit for what a human body can handle in an oncoming accident. Those who do survive accidents with vehicles moving at 30 miles per hour are likely to have critical injuries and struggle to recover. Even though federal regulations designed to help protect pedestrians and general improvements in vehicles are lowering the risks for pedestrians, these accidents can and do still happen.
Trying to put your life back together after a major car accident is not easy. If you are a pedestrian who has been struck by an oncoming driver who was not paying attention or who was driving recklessly, then you do have options. Contacting a New York personal injury lawyer can help you fight for compensation in court. Jayson Lutzky offers free in-office initial consultations and hospital or home consultations if you have been seriously injured. Call 718-329-9500 to setup your appointment and visit www.MyNewYorkCityLawyer.com to learn more about Mr. Lutzky.