New York, NY (PRWEB) March 27, 2013
The recent spate of fatal traffic collisions in New York City, particularly those involving pedestrians, has city officials concerned, a March 9 article in The New York Times reports. The news account gives examples of a woman who was fatally struck by an SUV that careened onto the sidewalk on Atlantic Avenue and Clinton Street in Brooklyn as well as a 6-year-old boy who was killed after being struck by a tractor-trailer in East Harlem as he walked in a marked crosswalk with his older brother to school.
According to statistics released by safety advocacy nonprofit group, the Tri-State Transportation Campaign, there were 451 pedestrian accident fatalities in the city between 2009 and 2011, which was fewer than the number of murders in 2011. However, the incidence of pedestrian fatalities is higher than homicides at dangerous intersections such as Park Avenue and 33rd Street, the report states. The report also says that in 2011, pedestrian fatalities outnumbered deadly hits by subway cars, three to one.
To counter this serious issue several city boroughs are taking steps, the Times article states. For example, the Transportation Department has begun slow-zone programs in various residential areas, which lower speed limits to 20 mph in addition to installing signs, markings and speed bumps to calm traffic. These types of programs are in place in Mount Eden, Bronx, Corona, Queens, and in parts of Staten Island, the report states.
Pedestrian accidents often result in catastrophic injuries if not fatalities, says New York personal injury lawyer, Kenneth A. Wilhelm. "Pedestrian accidents can cause major injuries such as broken bones, internal organ damage, head, neck and back injuries. These types of injuries have the potential to leave victims permanently disabled."
In addition to measures taken by city officials, drivers must also resolve to exercise due care when it comes to pedestrians, Wilhelm says. "We see that a number of pedestrian versus vehicle accidents occur because the motorist failed to yield the right of way to pedestrians especially at crosswalks and intersections. Drivers have a duty and an obligation to focus all their attention on the roadway."
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