Report: New York City's pedestrian fatalities higher than thought
While New York City is working to increase pedestrian safety, fatalities still remain high. However there are things that drivers and pedestrians can do to decrease collisions.
August 23, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Report: New York City's pedestrian fatalities higher than thought
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New York City is often referred to as the "city that never sleeps" and visitors find that regardless of what time it is, there is always something to do. With millions of tourists and residents, walking is a common way to get around the city but it can also be dangerous. Pedestrian accidents involving vehicles occur all of the time and many of these collisions result in death or severe injuries.
Pedestrian fatalities climbing
The New York Times revealed that while numbers over the past few years appeared to be showing a decrease in the number of pedestrians and cyclists, that may not have been accurate. The Mayor's Management Report showed a significant rise in traffic fatalities in the fiscal year 2011 of 23 percent and many of those fatalities were people on foot or on bicycles. Collisions with vehicles took 176 lives from this group according to the data provided.
In 2009, pedestrian fatalities accounted for over 20 percent of total fatalities in the nation, taking place in New York, the District of Columbia, New Jersey and Maryland, according to data from the Governor's Highway Safety Administration. New York had over 300 pedestrian fatalities that year but the data was considered preliminary.
Increasing pedestrian safety
In an effort to make New York City a safer place for pedestrian and cyclist traffic, the city has created pedestrian plazas, bike lanes, installed countdown pedestrian signals and reengineered intersections. However, there are things that New York drivers can also do to make the city safer for everyone.
-Never enter a crosswalk when pedestrians have a green light.
-Follow posted speed limits - many accidents occur because a motorist was speeding.
-Do not pass a car that has stopped for pedestrians.
-Always be on the lookout for pedestrians.
-Before turning, take a moment to check the area a second time to make sure a pedestrian has not entered the crosswalk.
There are also things that pedestrians can do to decrease the risk of being hit by a car and becoming severely injured. Pedestrians should try to catch the eye of the driver, which will alert the driver to their presence, follow pedestrian rules and wear colors that are bright to make sure they are seen.
Seeking legal help
Pedestrians are no match for cars and when a person is struck, it is likely that they will be seriously injured or killed. This can create unexpected challenges for victims and/or their families as they may be facing hospital expenses, lost income and even permanent disability.
In such cases, filing a lawsuit and asking for appropriate compensation can offer families a way to seek justice while also meeting the challenges caused by the collision. When a family decides to take this action, they should seek the help of an experienced attorney.
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