Pedestrian Accident Attorneys Helping Victims in Buffalo, Garden City, Manhattan, Melville, and Rochester, New York (NY)
It is unfortunate but true that many automobile drivers do not respect the rights of pedestrians. Motor vehicle operators have a responsibility to obey the laws of the road and drive in a safe and attentive manner at all times. Likewise, pedestrians must also obey the rules of the road. Often, it is when these rules are not followed that serious injury and even death can result.
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A pedestrian should always walk on the sidewalk. If there is no sidewalk and you have to walk in the road, you should walk facing traffic. This will allow you to see oncoming vehicles.
Dress in brightly colored clothing. This makes it easier for drivers to see you during the day. Reflective clothing should be worn in the evening, such as shoes or jackets to reflect the headlights of oncoming vehicles.
You should always cross the street at a marked crosswalk.
- Stop at the curb or the edge of the road.
- Stop and look left, then right, then left again, before you step into the street.
- If you see a car, wait until it goes by. Then look left, right and left again until no cars are coming.
- If a car is parked where you are crossing, make sure there is no driver in the car. Then go to the edge of the car and look left-right-left until no cars are coming. Keep looking for cars while you are crossing, and remember, walk. Don’t run.
In 2004, there were 15,266 pedestrian accidents, of which approximately 10,228 occurred
at intersections. We have listed some of the statistics as reported by the New York State
Department of Motor Vehicles:
Severity of Accidents
Fatal Accidents 322
Property Damage Accidents 16
Top Ten Causes of Pedestrian/Auto Accidents
1. Pedestrian Confusion 3,556
2. Driver Inattention/Distraction 2,857
3. Failure to Yield Right of Way 2,005
4. Backing Up Unsafely 654
5. Unsafe Speed 383
6. Alcohol Involvement 357
7. Traffic Control Disregarded 357
8. Aggressive Driving 272
9. Drive Inexperience 248
10. Passing of Improper Lane Usage 171
Top Five Reasons for Pedestrian Accidents
1. Limited/Obstructed View 521
2. Slippery Pavement 384
3. Glare 331
4. Obstruction/Debris 34
5. Animal Action 21
To learn more about the statistics provided by the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles,
visit their website