Archive | Pedestrian Safety

Colonie Police make Pedestrian Safety a Priority

The Colonie Police Department has employed extra personnel to patrol Central Avenue this week in an effort to promote pedestrian safety. Particularly, the police will be focusing their patrols between Colonie Center and the Northway Malls. This stretch of road is particularly busy and can be up to 6 lanes across in some areas making […]

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State Plans to Invest $110 Million to Improve Pedestrian Safety Following the Death of 16-year-old

Following the tragic death of 16-year-old Brittany Knight, the residents of Cohoes petitioned for better pedestrian safety. Now, these residents appear to have accomplished their goal. On June 20, 2016, Mathew Driscoll, the Commissioner for the State Department of Transportation, announced that they will invest $110 million over the next five years to improve pedestrian […]

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Fatal Pedestrian Accident while Crossing without a Crosswalk

“We have had accidents here in the past.  Pedestrian accidents.  But most of those were at night, people wearing dark clothing.  This is one of the first that’s in the daylight,” noted Lt. Ken Pero with the Colonie Police Department. http://wnyt.com/news/woman-killed-while-crossing-central-avenue-colonie/4147865/ After this tragic event on Central Avenue we would like to remind you of […]

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Reducing Risks for Walkers, Bikers and Runners

More often than not, tragic accidents involving walkers, bikers and runners can be avoided by following the traffic signals and by taking proper precautions.  At LaMarche Safranko Law, we want you to be as safe as possible and are giving away reflective bracelets to help runners/joggers/walkers be seen.  Please provide us an e-mail and contact information […]

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Q: I was hit by a car coming out of parking garage. Who is at fault?

A: The driver of a vehicle when entering or exiting from an alleyway, building, private road, parking garage or driveway must yield the right-of-way to any pedestrian on a sidewalk. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), one out of every five car accidents occurs in parking garages and parking lots. If you are […]

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Q: Whose fault is an accident if I wasn’t in a crosswalk?

A: We all have an obligation to be safe, pay attention to what’s on the road and follow traffic rules and laws. That includes motorists, bicyclists, motorcycle riders and pedestrians. If there is no crosswalk, a pedestrian must yield the right-of-way to all vehicles on the roadway. New York State is a “pure comparative fault” […]

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Q: Do drivers always have to stop for me in a crosswalk?

A: When there is no traffic control signal, drivers must yield the right-of-way to pedestrians in the crosswalk. In addition, every driver approaching an intersection or pedestrian crossing must yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian accompanied by a guide dog or using a white or metallic cane. New York traffic law also says: “whenever any vehicle […]

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Q: If a negligent bicyclist hits me, whose insurance is responsible?

A: If the negligent bicyclist has homeowner’s coverage, and you were injured while walking or running, liability claims could possibly be applied to the homeowner’s policy. Medical expenses would have to be paid through the victim’s own medical insurance.   If you are are injured in a car accident while walking, jogging or riding a bicycle, […]

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