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The Shoes on the Street More Dangerous than Wheels

/ Car Accident, Pedestrian Accident /

Shoes on the Street More Dangerous than WheelsNEW YORK – In a city of more than 8.4 million people, the statistics may be surprising: the Big Apple doesn’t have a lot of car accidents per capita. The obvious answer to this anomaly is due to the high percentage of people who walk or use transportation and in those categories, injuries are way up.

According to data from the New York Police Department, about 64 percent of all fatal car crashes in Manhattan involved a pedestrian. In comparison, the state’s second largest metropolitan area, Buffalo, only 20 percent of its car crash fatalities were people outside a vehicle.

“It’s more dangerous walking around now than ever before because there are so many more distractions to take a driver’s attention off the road and these kinds of accidents are starting to be widely publicized in Manhattan,” car accident lawyer Steve Barnes said.

Recently, the New York Post reported on a woman who was ‘sandwiched’ between two cabs, severely injuring her legs. The NYPD will conduct an official investigation but witnesses told reporters one of the cab drivers was distracted.

It’s not the first time this kind of accident happened on Manhattan streets. Every year, nearly 3,000 people are hit by a car in New York City.

“These victims are often defenseless,” Barnes said. “There’s no airbag, no seatbelt and no bumper to absorb the impact; these are very, very serious injuries.”

There is some good news: last year, 132 pedestrians died in traffic accidents, according to the New York Times. The number is a historic low for New York City following the introduction of the Vision Zero plan. The approach views all car accidents as preventable injuries and the plan’s goal is to eliminate all traffic deaths by 2024.

Risks Rise for Elderly Pedestrians

/ Pedestrian Accident /

Risks Rise for Elderly PedestriansNEW YORK – Millions of Americans use public sidewalks as a safe way to get where they’re going every day but according to a recent New York Times blog, millions more dramatically increase their risk of a pedestrian accident injury.

Those 65 and older make up 13 percent of the population but account for about 20 percent of pedestrian deaths, according to a recent AARP study.

The Times writes not only are older adults at the mercy of cars and trucks on the road while using footpaths, the curbs themselves can be dangerous and even deadly for them.

Many of the accidents involving elderly pedestrians don’t just involve motor vehicles but bicyclists, sidewalk obstructions (snow and ice), and poor street designs are also cited as attributing factors to the spike of injuries in the pedestrian population.

Just this week, an elderly man was critically injured while he was crossing the street in Cheltenham Township, Penn. 

Another 86 year old was struck in Morton Grove, Ill.

And an 84 year old Geneseo, NY woman was injured while getting her mail.

Those are just a few of the accidents involving elderly pedestrians. Since most roadways are unlikely to change anytime soon, experts suggest both drivers and pedestrians heighten their awareness while on the roads and the sidewalks.

 

City agrees to settle in negligence lawsuit

/ Pedestrian Accident /

City agrees to settle in negligence lawsuitThe city of Houston has reached a settlement with a man who claims he was struck by a car the Houston police chief was driving.

According to The Houston Chronicle, a negligence lawsuit accuses Police Chief Charles McClelland of failing to take evasive action when he hit a man who was walking across the street near Houston Police headquarters.

Court records show a settlement was reached on Wednesday but the terms were not disclosed.

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