New York City, NY- Pedestrian accidents in New York City are on the rise, and they face an even greater risk now that the nights are getting longer and holiday traffic is ramping up. To maximize pedestrians safety, the city is doubling up their efforts under the safety program Vision Zero.
By November 28, 2015, there were 290 traffic fatalities in the state of New York and 120 of those victims were pedestrians. So far in 2016, there have been 204 fatalities, a decrease over last year, but 126 of those involved pedestrians, an increase over last year, according to the New York Post. Additionally, the New York Department of Health found that there is an average of 3,027 hospitalizations related to pedestrian-auto accidents each year in the state bases on accident data from
“In December, with the reduced visibility at evening rush-hour happening at the same time as peak holiday shopping, New Yorkers who are behind the wheel need to expect pedestrians in the crosswalk every time,” said DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg, NY1 reports.
Since Vision Zero was introduced in 2014, the city has made several changes to improve the safety of a New Yorkers, including changing speed limits, installing red-light cameras near schools and adding additional patrols to ticket drivers.
For Vision Zero: Dusk til Darkness, which was launched on October 27, law enforcement will focus on issuing summonses for hazardous driving violations failing to yield to pedestrians, failure to obey traffic signs and signals, texting, and speeding. Officers will be in accident-prone areas to issue summonses to reckless drivers. Law enforcement will also increase their efforts to take drunk drivers off the road throughout the holiday season.
Pedestrians are vulnerable in large urban areas like New York City and long winter nights only add to their vulnerability. Pedestrians need to be diligent when walking through the city and take steps to protect themselves. If they are struck and injured by a negligent motorist, they may be entitled to compensation for their injuries and property damage. Victims of pedestrian accidents should speak with a personal injury attorney to see if they are eligible for compensation.
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Rising NYC Pedestrian Accidents Ramps up Safety Program