While increasing pedestrians’ awareness is important, most accidents are caused by unsafe or reckless drivers and not the pedestrians themselves.
New York, NY (PRWEB) October 27, 2012
New York City pedestrian accident attorney David Resnick today expressed support for new efforts by the city’s Department of Transportation to cut down on collisions between motor vehicles and people on foot, while cautioning that drivers are often to blame for hitting pedestrians.
All over New York City, the word “LOOK!” with the middle letters depicted as eyes pointing in the direction of oncoming traffic, will be marked at crosswalks to alert pedestrians. The pedestrian safety campaign and new signage is part of a city plan to reduce traffic deaths by half by 2030.
“This is a good step toward increasing safety for pedestrians and motorists in our city,” said Resnick, a personal injury attorney in New York City with the law firm of David Resnick & Associates. “But it is just one step. While increasing pedestrians’ awareness is important, most accidents are caused by unsafe or reckless drivers and not the pedestrians themselves. Sadly, pedestrians are 10 times more likely than the occupant of a car to die in a crash.”
The New York City Department of Transportation (NYC DOT) plans to expand the LOOK! campaign to nearly 200 intersections in New York City, accompanied by signage on nearby outdoor structures, such as bus shelters, to remind pedestrians to look before they cross the street.
“New Yorkers are driven to distraction with their smartphones, and the simple act of looking can prevent thousands of crashes and injuries every year,” NYC DOT Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan said in a press release. “LOOK! is a message to all New Yorkers that safety is in the eye of the beholder and everyone needs to keep an eye out for each other on our streets.”
Resnick urged the city and drivers to take additional steps reduce the reckless driving that results in many pedestrian injuries and deaths.
More than 9,000 people were injured and 41 were killed in New York City in 2010 accidents involving driver inattention, more than any other cause. According to NYC DOT, 57 percent of the city’s traffic fatalities involve pedestrians.
“I applaud any efforts to reduce distracted driving, a very serious problem in our city and our country,” Resnick said. “But the fact is that driver education must also be addressed, as 27 percent of crashes that seriously injure or kill pedestrians in this city involve the driver’s failure to yield to the pedestrian. Pedestrians accounted for more than half of the traffic deaths in New York City from 2005 to 2009.”
Resnick urged any pedestrian who has been injured in a New York City car accident with a reckless or careless driver to seek advice from a qualified pedestrian accident attorney to explore their options.
About David Resnick & Associates, P.C.
David Resnick & Associates, P.C., provides professional and compassionate legal assistance to victims of injury and negligence. Founded in 1998, the firm is experienced at handling many types of injury and negligence cases in New York City, including motor vehicle accidents, hit-and-run accidents, bicycle accidents, pedestrian injuries, trips and falls, construction accidents, premises liability and other kinds of personal injury and wrongful death claims. David Resnick & Associates serves clients in Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, Staten Island, the Bronx and all of New York City. The firm’s office is located 450 7th Avenue, Suite 409, New York, NY 10123. Mr. Resnick can be reached at (212) 279-2000 or through his website’s online contact form.