In November 2014, New York City lowered its general speed limit to 25 miles per hour. This change went into effect for all five boroughs, but excludes certain larger, more trafficked Roads. Below is a list of the Roads on Staten Island where the speed limits will be over the general 25 miles per hour:
Beginning tomorrow, November 7,2014, the New York City Speed Limit will be 25 miles per hour. This law was enacted as part of Mayor Bill DiBlasio's Vision Zero Plan in an effort to reduce fatalities and the severity of injuries resulting from car accidents within the City.
Earlier this year, The Mayor's office implemented its Vision Zero Plan in an attempt to eradicate traffic accident related deaths in the City of New York. However, the Mayor's Vision Zero plan does not appear to have made the streets of Staten Island any safer for motorists and pedestrians.
There has been a flood of recent stories about claims against General Motors for accidents caused by the automakers' defective ignition switch. Unfortunately, there have been many victims of wrongful deaths and catastrophic injuries resulting from these defects which apparently were not discovered, or properly investigated, by the automaker once they became aware of the potential dangerous condition.
It's been recently reported that the New York City Fire Department has budgeted $1.3 million to send every fire truck and ambulance driver to a one day "refresher" driving course. This safety initiative by the FDNY is part of Mayor DeBlasio's "Vision Zero" action plan to protect the public by reducing traffic accidents and fatalities.
It has long been the law in New York City that if your vehicle is rear-ended by another car, there is a prima facie case of negligence against that vehicle for causing the accident. In other words, the accident is the fault of the car that hit you from behind. This is true whether your vehicle was moving or stopped at the time of impact. This concept has its roots in Vehicle and Traffic Law §1129, which mandates that the driver of a motor vehicle shall not follow another vehicle more closely than is reasonable and prudent, having due regard for the speed of such vehicle and the traffic upon and condition of the highway. Often, attorneys can ask the Court to determine that, as a matter of law, the accident was the fault of the car that hit you from behind, limiting the issues in your case to what your injuries and damages are