Monthly Archive: November 2015

Different Types of Laws


Meeker Avenue Safety

In Williamsburg, Brooklyn, a woman was killed after being struck by a city bus.

The victim, a 21-year-old woman, was struck Saturday morning at the junction of Meeker and Union avenues around 1:30 a.m. Police were called to the intersection.

The Q59 Metropolitan Transportation Authority bus runs between Rego Park, Queens and the Williamsburg Bridge Plaza in Brooklyn. The victim was walking south on Union Avenue at the time of the accident.

It was reported that the Q59 Metropolitan bus was making a left hand turn onto westbound Meeker Avenue when the accident happened.

The victim was rushed to Woodhull Medical Center by Emergency crews, where she was pronounced dead, police said.

The victim’s family members gathered at the scene after learning of the accident. They were grief-stricken.  They reported that the 21-year-old was on her way home from work when she was hit by the bus.

The 50-year-old female MTA bus driver was uninjured but shaken by the horrible turn of events, police reported.

The driver did remain at the scene. The NYPD Collision Investigation Squad was investigating the accident.

Meeker and Union avenues, located just yards from the exit on the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, reopened around 6 a.m.

So far, no charges have been filed against the MTA bus driver.

Next month, the DOT will present safety improvements for Meeker Avenue by the BQE in Williamsburg. The department will bring a proposal to Brooklyn Community Board 1 on January 12th.

In total, there have been 104 injuries and three fatalities on Meeker Avenue between 2012 and 2014. The BQE runs for a mile above Meeker Avenue between North 6th street and Vandervort Avenue – dividing the neighborhood in half. This poses great risks to pedestrians and cyclists at almost every single corner.

This April, Transportation Alternative announce a Make Meeker Move campaign. The purpose of this campaign is to ask the DOT to conduct a pedestrian safety study. Safety Improvements need to be made to this dangerous street. The community is calling for the DOT to improve pedestrian safety and create protected bike lanes along the Meeker corridor.

There has also been a request to make a pedestrian crossing where Skillman Avenue intersects with Meeker. The DOT’s response seems to indicate that they are looking for ways to shorten select crossing distances.

According to the CDC website, the Injury Prevention and Control: Motor Vehicle Safety article stated, “In 2012, 4,743 pedestrians were killed in traffic crashes in the United States, and another 76,000 pedestrians were injured.”

Pedestrians that travel the Meeker Avenue corridor should be diligent until better safety measures are put into action. Pedestrians that walk at night should wear reflective or bright clothing. Remember to always use crosswalks. Always wait for your crossing signals. Do not cross against the light. Pedestrians should refrain from reading, texting, talking on the phone, or listening to music loud enough to drown out traffic noises – in other words, stay alert while walking.

Pedestrians that suffer a personal injury in New York due to driver negligence, should seek a New York Personal Injury Attorney immediately. New York Personal Injury Attorneys Pulvers Thompson, will know how to protect your rights. After a serious pedestrian accident the injured party will incur the cost of both current and future medical expenses. Loss of wages, or even the loss of a job altogether can disrupt lives and have a negative impact on recovery. New York Personal Injury Attorneys will help seek compensation for these losses and can demand restitution for the surviving family members of someone who died because of someone else negligence.




Amanda Spence

It’s always nice to go outside and walk around. It’s nice to enjoy the Florida weather, especially this time of year. Going out for a walk or run is a great idea, but also poses hidden dangers along the roadways. Pedestrians need to be especially careful on the roads and sidewalks, no matter the circumstance. People walking, riding a bike or any other roadside activity must constantly watch their surroundings for anything out of the ordinary. In Orlando, a tragedy or personal injury can occur at any time of day and in any place in the city. People near the roadways must stay vigilant and alert at all times.

Statistics show that pedestrian injuries and fatalities occur frequently. In 2013, 4,735 people were killed in pedestrian and motor vehicle crashes. This equates to more than 12 people every day of the year. It’s always important to look around constantly to determine safety concerns. Try to walk or run on sidewalks and the sides of roadways to avoid an accident. If running or biking at night, always wear reflective items or clothing. It’s also good to wear a headlamp or light source so motorists can see you from all directions.

Urban areas are a very common place for pedestrian accidents. Even people with the right of way aren’t always seen, and a tragedy could happen in an instant. Almost three out of every four pedestrian fatalities occur in urban areas. Crosswalks are a very dangerous place for pedestrians. These are found all over urban areas, allowing for many and more chances for an innocent bystander to be hurt. Orlando is a large urban area, known for its bad traffic and accidents. Personal injuries and fatalities happen far too often in the Central Florida area.

Pedestrians are often hurt in traffic crashes and have a long record of fatalities. 76,000 pedestrians were injured in traffic crashes in 2012 alone. We hear about these tragedies constantly on the news. Many crashes aren’t even reported. Of the ones that are, police reported 5,615,000 motor vehicle crashes in 2012. Many of these involve pedestrians. They have a very high risk of being injured with every step they take along a roadway. What can walkers and runners do to avoid being involved in a crash? Try to find a trail or use a road with a clear and visible sidewalk not directly next to the roadway. This will help decrease the likelihood of being involved in a vehicle crash.

Pedestrian fatalities and injuries are a common occurrence in the United States. According to the CDC, there is one crash related pedestrian death every two hours, and a pedestrian injury every 7 minutes. These statistics are hard to believe and unsettling. Many of these involve children going to and from school. In 2012, an astonishing one in every five children between the ages of 5 and 15 were  reportedly killed in traffic crashes as pedestrians. We can’t even trust that our children will be safe walking a few blocks to school. The roads are too dangerous and pose a major threat to easily distracted children.

In Orlando, and other major cities, pedestrians must do everything they can do avoid a personal injury or accident. Most likely, if involved in an accident, they would be hurt. In 2011, pedestrian road users experienced an increase in fatalities, at a total of 4,432 deaths. Orlando pedestrians must always stay vigilant and aware of everything going on around them. Avoid distracting things, like talking on a cell phone or texting. Walking around traffic requires the exact same critical thinking skills as driving a car. This means pedestrians must stay alert and ready for anything.

If you are ever involved in a traffic accident, or need help with a personal injury in Orlando, you can always count on IRS Medic Law to be there for you. People in Central Florida need to have a plan for the worst, especially pedestrians. Always stay alert and vigilant, and plan for the unexpected.