Road Design And High Speeds Are Factors That Endanger Pedestrians

For many people across the U.S., walking is their method of getting around. They may not own a vehicle, their destination might not be very far away, or perhaps they simply enjoy the exercise and fresh air of walking. For whatever reason, walking is increasing as both a transportation method and a popular exercise, and is especially popular in the busy areas of New York City and the Bronx.

Many communities across the country are redesigning major roadways to be more accommodating for pedestrians. However, a large amount of roads remain unsafe for those walking along them, says Smart Growth America. Many who have no choice but to walk these routes can suffer devastating consequences. Almost 15 percent of all traffic fatalities in 2012 were the result of pedestrian accidents, a number that has reached a five-year high. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration claims that a staggering 69,000 pedestrians were injured in accidents in 2011.

Pedestrian problems that Bronx residents face

This summer, more people may be at risk of being injured or killed in pedestrian accidents on roads throughout the state. Children may especially be in danger now that school is out. In fact, children are among those most at risk of being involved in a pedestrian accident, say the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The New York Daily News has provided the following information that may shed light on the serious risks that pedestrians face in New York:

  • 156 pedestrians were killed in New York City in 2013, an increase from 152 in 2012 and 142 in 2011.
  • Child pedestrian fatalities in the city have almost doubled between 2011 and 2013.
  • 7 people were struck and killed by vehicles in New York City during the first two weeks of 2014.
  • One of these deaths included a 9-year-old boy who was hit and killed by a taxi while crossing the street.

New York City's mayor says he plans to address this concerning problem by possibly increasing the enforcement of punishments for reckless driving, expanding slow zones in various areas and redesigning 50 intersections and roadways a year that are known to be dangerous.

The National Safety Council is attempting to raise awareness on the rising problem of pedestrian accidents and other safety issues by designating June as National Safety Month. During this campaign, the third week in June is dedicated to being aware of your surroundings, while week four focuses on ending distracted driving.

While it's important for people walking on roadways to take precautions, it's ultimately up to drivers to be aware of surrounding traffic and pedestrians and to concentrate on the task of driving.

When to contact an attorney

Not all accidents can be prevented, despite the best precautions. Pedestrians are often seriously injured or worse in accidents. If you or a loved one has been impacted in such an accident, contact an experienced personal injury attorney to discuss whether you are eligible for compensation.