No Traffic Calming? City responsible for Road Violence Injuries in Landmark Decision
-“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 judge commented: It is known among traffic engineers that straight, wide roads with little interference from pedestrians and other vehicles encourage speeding because drivers feel more comfortable on roadways with those characteristics…traffic calming measures deter speeding because they cause drivers to be more cautious, and that such measures are known to reduce the overall speed on roadways.” The upshot? The jury could conclude that “negligence was a proximate cause of the accident”.