New York State has the highest percentage of traffic fatalities for pedestrians and bicyclists in the nation. In 2012, pedestrian and bicycle fatalities accounted for 27% of all deaths on New York’s roads.
Rochester, in Monroe County, is New York’s third most populous city, following only New York City and Buffalo. During the four years from 2009 through 2012, there were 2,679 vehicle collisions with pedestrians or bicyclists in Monroe County, and the city of Rochester had the highest number of these. There were an alarming 1,614 pedestrian or bicycle collisions in Rochester during that time period.
Obviously, when a person on foot or on a bicycle is hit by a motor vehicle, the chances of serious injury are great, and the faster the vehicle is traveling at the time of impact, the greater the likelihood that the injury will be a fatal one. Research shows that when pedestrians are hit at 40 mph, 85% will die; at 20 mph, the number drops to just 5%. The fatality risk at 30 mph is more than twice that at 25 mph.
Rochester pedestrians or bicyclists who are hurt by a car, truck or bus driver are likely to have large medical bills and loss of income due to an inability to work. They may need extended rehabilitation and assistive devices. A negligent or distracted driver should be held accountable for the loss they cause. In the case of a fatal accident, a wrongful death action can help the grieving family feel that some measure of justice has been done.
The experienced personal injury attorneys of Feroleto Law work to protect the rights of those injured in Rochester. For more than 30 years they have fought for and won settlements and verdicts which help injured pedestrians and bicyclists recover from their injuries and get their lives back on track.
If you or someone you love has been hurt or killed on the roads of Rochester, whether in a vehicle or by a vehicle, the Feroleto Team is ready to help. Contact us today at (716) 854-0700 or through our convenient online message form. We’ll discuss your case at no cost.