NEW YORK – Many cities have made conscious efforts to improve traffic safety for everyone, especially those who are defenseless like pedestrians and bicyclists. However, New York still has the highest share of pedestrian and bicyclist fatalities in the nation.
According to the Alliance for Biking & Walking, 24-percent of the city’s traffic fatalities were pedestrians and another 3-percent were bicyclists. In just the first six months of 2015, more than 120 pedestrians were killed in traffic collisions in the Big Apple.
A New York car accident attorney with Cellino & Barnes says both the city and the state have taken actions to improve safety for walkers and riders but drivers have a responsibility as well.
“One of the most dangerous moving violations is when a driver fails to yield in New York,” car accident attorney Ross Cellino said. “It happens too often so we’re urging all drivers to watch for pedestrians before turning or going over a crosswalk.”
Despite the city’s participation in Vision Zero, a multi-national safety project that aims to eliminate traffic fatalities, new data suggests pedestrian safety is a growing problem.
According to the Governors Highway Safety Administration, pedestrian fatalities across the nation surged to over 2,300 in 2015, a 10-percent increase over 2014 and the highest number in nearly two decades. New York car accident attorneys say distractions are partly to blame.
“Drivers are more distracted than ever,” Cellino said. “People are looking at their phones, their GPS systems, or fumbling through their playlists – it’s a dangerous problem.”
Attorneys at Cellino & Barnes say most pedestrians are injured by turning cars that don’t realize there are people in a crosswalk. The firm is now urging drivers to do their part and pay attention before jetting through a crossing-zone.
If you’ve been injured on sidewalk or in a crosswalk, contact the New York car accident attorneys at Cellino & Barnes today for a free case evaluation.