August 29, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- New York City is a rapid-paced metropolis where it seems someone is always going to some place or coming from somewhere. As a result, there are often dozens of cyclists and pedestrians, and when they use the same spaces that vehicles are found in, the results can be a pedestrian accident
where someone is seriously injured or killed.
Recently, five pedestrians were involved in collisions with vehicles around New York City, according to CBS New York. While it is unknown if there were to be any charges filed against the drivers, three pedestrians were injured; the extent of their injuries was not released. Two other pedestrians were taken to a local hospital and pronounced dead.
Crosswalks as danger zones
While it is unknown whether any of the above accidents occurred when the victims were crossing the street, it is possible according to a new study. The study, conducted by researchers and medical professionals at New York University's Langone Medical Center, revealed that 44 percent of pedestrian victims brought in after being hit by a car, were in a crosswalk and apparently obeying the signal.
According to the New York Times, the study included 1,400 cyclists and pedestrians between December 2008 and June 2011. All of the patients were brought into the medical center. While some accidents were likely due to mistakes made on the part of pedestrians and cyclists, the report also revealed that taxis played a major role in accidents where a cyclist was injured
; taxis were involved in 25 percent of pedestrian accidents and in 40 percent of cyclist accidents.
Competing for space
In many areas of the city, pedestrians, motorists and cyclists are often competing for the same road space. While the city has made changes over the last few years to make roads safer, the Mayor's Management Report revealed a 23 percent increase in traffic fatalities for July 2011 through June 2012. The New York Times states that this is much higher than previous reports and indicates that pedestrians and cyclists' fatality rates may have been incorrect in those reports.
It is important for motorists to become more aware of the pedestrians and bicycles that are often around them. Motorists can do this in the following ways:
- Obey speed limits and slow down when near school crossings, schools and other heavy populated foot traffic areas.
- Give cyclists the room they need to get around obstacles.
- Always look twice before changing lanes or making a turn to make sure that a pedestrian or cyclist isn't there.
- Be especially alert near intersections as many collisions occur there.
- Be aware that bicyclists are often in the left turning lanes and in taxi lanes.
- Never try to force a bicyclist to the right side of the lane.
In addition, motorists should pay attention to crosswalks, avoid passing cars that are stopped at crosswalks and always be aware that pedestrians and cyclists are often in the least likely places. When a cyclist or pedestrian is injured in a collision with a car, they should meet with an experienced attorney as soon as possible.
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