New York City Personal Injury Law Blog

Evaluate Street-Side Art Installations for Traffic Safety

Posted on Aug 12, 2015 in Bicycle Accidents, Car Accidents, Pedestrian Accidents

New York City residents understand that there’s a lot that goes on in the city. Walking from one block to another, you can see how one busy city block can be used in a variety of ways.

New York City drivers have to contend with a flood of pedestrian traffic, people on bicycles, people moving objects into or around roadways and other types of obstacles. Pedestrians have to look out for each other, as well as bicyclists, while navigating streets.

In addition, there’s the commercial aspect of the sidewalk area. Businesses open their doors and often put items out on the sidewalk or use these spaces for advertising. Public infrastructure, such as a bus kiosk, is built into the mix. Newsstands and other commercial installations also take up space. Within these already busy spaces, you can add in the personal types of projects that might also take up sidewalk space.

Watch Out for Street-Side Art

For example, think about the art projects that you may have seen on New York City streets. Some of these are oriented toward tourists, while others are geared toward locals. Some of them are Museum-sponsored pieces, and some are simply set up by street vendors. What they have in common is that they take up space in an already busy atmosphere and need to be planned for accordingly.

When setting up street-side art installations or other similar projects, installers should consider whether they stand in the way of large amounts of bicycle and pedestrian traffic. Will people be tempted to walk in the street to go around them? Also, do they stand tall enough to disrupt sight distance for vehicles or distract drivers? Do they narrow the street-side area to a dangerous extent?

These might seem like unusual questions to ask and consider, but they are the types of things that personal injury lawyers look at when considering an injury case. Many of these issues don’t often arise until after someone’s hurt and these legal professionals have to come in and look at all the factors that contributed to an accident. Injury attorneys do their best to help injury victims get compensation — money that’s desperately needed for the cost of care and recovery as well as lost wages, pain and suffering and more.

Get Help From a New York City Catastrophic Injury Law Firm

If you or a loved one was hurt by a street-side installation, a New York City auto accident or any other type of incident, contact the New York City injury attorneys at Rosenberg, Minc, Falkoff & Wolff. Our experienced attorneys are prepared to take a personal injury or wrongful death case through New York courts. We have helped many families get compensation to protect future finances.

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