New York City has a wide variety of activities, restaurants, and historical exhibits for everyone to enjoy. Most people take advantage of their proximity by walking, biking, or using public transportation to travel to their destination. While many New Yorkers and visitors enjoy accessible transportation, there are significant dangers to pedestrians in New York. The New York State Department of Health states that about 300 pedestrians are killed and 15,000 are injured in motor vehicle accidents on the state’s roadways annually.
With a large population confined in a small geographical area, pedestrian accidents occur more often than we might believe. The exposure to dangers is higher for pedestrians since they are vulnerable to serious harm in a vehicle accident. If you or someone you love is in a severe pedestrian accident because of another person’s negligence, contact an experienced pedestrian accident lawyer as soon as possible.
At the beginning of 2022, NY’s Mayor Eric Adams announced significant investments toward pedestrian safety at intersections and throughout the state. A leading location in New York for pedestrian injuries and fatalities is intersections. Mayor Adams and the Department of Transportation are making improvements to 1,000 intersections across the city to reduce pedestrian accidents, including:
With 55% of pedestrian fatalities occurring at intersections, Mayor Adams hopes these new improvements will lower the number of pedestrian accidents.
As pedestrian accidents continue to rise, New Yorkers must take the necessary precautions to stay safe while walking through NYC. Consider the following tips on how to stay safe as a pedestrian in New York City:
While you cannot control others from acting recklessly, using the above precautions can help keep yourself and others safe in New York.
If a negligent driver causes you severe, life-threatening harm, contact Lever & Ecker, PLLC for a professional pedestrian injury lawyer in New York. Our team has 65+ years of combined experience and can offer clients legal representation tailored to their needs. We offer our honest opinion on the best course of action for your case and can provide you with the resources you need for the best possible outcome.