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New Yorkers Asked to Stay Alert for Pedestrians as More Walkers Take to the Roads

Published June 19, 2012 by Scott Gottlieb, Injury Law Attorney

Our Binghamton car accident attorneys have previously alerted motorists of the need to exercise caution when traveling roadways where pedestrians are often present. Unfortunately, a Sunday night accident where a teenager was trapped under a car after he was struck in Rochester reminds us all once again to stay focused on our surroundings when driving.

Walking is both a popular form of exercise and a means of transportation, and with summertime officially arriving this week, more New Yorkers are taking to the streets. While most people typically think of school aged children being struck by vehicles when walking to school, adults are just as vulnerable. In fact, in a February report from Transportation for America (T4 America) regarding pedestrian deaths, the authors point out that while “children, older adults, and racial and ethnic minorities are disproportionately represented” in the number of pedestrian deaths “people of all ages and all walks of life have been struck down in the simple act of walking.”

T4 America reports that from 2000 through 2009, over 47,700 pedestrians were killed in the United States. In addition, more than 688,000 pedestrians were injured over the last decade.

SafeNY reports 311 New York pedestrians lost their lives after being struck by a vehicle in 2010, and there were 16,357 accidents involving pedestrians during the same year. This number has continued to increase over the last few years, with 2009 seeing 15,682 pedestrian accidents, and 2008 having 15,620.

New York State is participating in various federal and statewide programs aimed at increasing pedestrian safety. The US Congress has mandated a National Bicycling and Walking Study with a goal to double the percentage of all trips made by bicycling or walking while reducing the current number of injuries and fatalities by ten percent. SafeNY also reports that the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act (ISTEA) promotes safe walking in New York State.

According to ISTEA only about eight percent of the total traffic crashes in the state are pedestrian crashes, but they are more likely to result in serious injury or death.

For a complete list of pedestrian safety programs visit SafeNY.

Our New York personal injury lawyers encourage all motorists to drive sober, to not text and drive and to stay alert on the highways. We also ask pedestrians to look both ways before crossing a street and to walk on a sidewalk or as far off the road as possible. Everyone needs to do their part to help pedestrians arrive safely at their destination.

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Experience counts. If you or a loved one has suffered injuries due to a reckless or negligent driver in a New York pedestrian accident, contact Scott C. Gottlieb, Injury Law Attorney, for help. Our New York personal injury law office handles all types of accident, injury and medical malpractice cases.

As you work on recovering from your injuries, let our Binghamton, New York accident attorney’s office take care of the rest, including the paperwork, insurance documents and other legal issues related to your accident. Contact our personal injury attorney today at (607) 304-4121 or use our online contact form. There is no charge for the consultation.

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