BUFFALO, N.Y. – A tragic crash in the city’s Delaware Park recently killed a young boy and injured others. Following this incident, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo ordered an immediate reduction of speed on State Route 198, also known as the Scajaquada Expressway.
Now, some Buffalo residents are questioning if this measure is enough to make public parks like Delaware Park safer for everyone, especially the pedestrians and bicyclists using these areas.
Buffalo car accident attorneys at Cellino & Barnes say in many cases, speed is often a factor contributing to a crash in these areas.
“Walkways and bike paths often run parallel to these roads and that can expose parkgoers to a variety of dangers in Buffalo,” car accident attorney Ross Cellino said. “This was the case in the Scajaquada accident.”
Investigators believe the driver of the vehicle had fallen asleep at the wheel but Buffalo car accident attorneys believe this accident and many others in Western New York parks can be prevented with proper safety precautions and education.
“Speed is consistently a factor in crashes; not just in parks but construction sites as well,” Cellino said. “Statistics have shown that when drivers abide by speed limits, especially in areas with a high number of pedestrians, fewer accidents happen.”
In 2013, the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles recorded nearly 30,000 speed-related crashes, resulting in over 350 deaths and nearly 19,000 injuries.
Of the 250 drivers that were killed, 237 of them (or 95%) were speeding drivers.
“Hundreds of pedestrians are struck by speeding drivers every year in New York State and dozens of others are killed,” Cellino said. “If speed limits are enforced and adhered to, many of these lives could be saved.”
City and state officials are currently going over proposals to change the Scajaquada Expressway into a parkway and permanently change the speed limit to 30 miles per hour, down from 50 miles per hour before the deadly accident.