Thursday, January 12, 2017

Municipalities Can Be Liable For Unsafe Streets

Route 1 where pedestrian was recently killed.
Image: Google Maps
Streetsblog NYC recently reported on a landmark court case that could have major implications for New York City's Department of Transportation and could have an impact on other municipalities and even states: State’s Highest Court Holds NYC Liable for Injuries on Streets Without Traffic Calming.

On streets with a history of traffic injuries and reckless driving like many in Fairfax County such as Routes 1 & 7, departments of transportation must implement traffic calming to make those streets safer.

From the article:
The Court of Appeals, New York’s highest court, ruled that New York City and other municipalities can be held liable for failing to redesign streets with a history of traffic injuries and reckless driving.

The ruling stems from a crash in 2004, when Louis Pascarella, driving “at least” 54 miles per hour in a 30 mph zone, struck 12-year-old Anthony Turturro as he rode a bike on Gerritsen Avenue. Pascarella later pled guilty to assault.

A civil trial jury awarded Turturro $20 million, finding the city 40 percent responsible for the crash. The city appealed, and the case made its way to the Court of Appeals, which last month rendered a 6-1 finding in favor of Turturro.

“This decision is a game-changer,” says Steve Vaccaro, an attorney who represents traffic crash victims. “The court held that departments of transportation can be held liable for harm caused by speeding drivers, where the DOT fails to install traffic-calming measures even though it is aware of dangerous speeding, unless the DOT has specifically undertaken a study and determined that traffic calming is not required.”

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