New York City has paid out more than $88 million in personal injury lawsuits involving city vehicles hitting and sometimes killing pedestrians over the past eight years.
In that period, 2006 to 2014, the city faced 1,213 personal injury lawsuits from people who were struck by city employees driving city-owned vehicles. Those suits included 22 pedestrians who died as a result of injuries they sustained, a new report by City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer found.
Stringer released the findings as the city began implementing its new 25 mile-per-hour speed limit.
Police Department vehicles accounted for the most personal injury lawsuits, 520, followed by the Sanitation Department, 167, and the Fire Department, 163. School buses and other Education Department vehicles accounted for 122 lawsuits.
Midtown Manhattan had the most lawsuits, 50, the report noted.
"New Yorkers know all too well the dangers faced by pedestrians on our city streets," said Stringer. "We need to reduce claims, not merely maintain the status quo."
Ross Feller Casey, a Philadelphia law firm with a national reputation for winning record results, handles all types of person injury lawsuits, including those involving pedestrian accidents.
If you or someone you know was injured as a result of a government-owned vehicle, you may be entitled to compensation through a personal injury lawsuit. But your time to file a claim may be limited.
Please contact our experienced personal injury attorneys at Ross Feller Casey for a free case evaluation.