Crossing a busy intersection in New York City can feel like running a gauntlet of cars, trucks, taxis, and other pedestrians converging from multiple directions at once. Even when pedestrians have a walk signal, some motorists fail to yield at an intersection. People on foot are among the most vulnerable users of city streets.
Pedestrian deaths account for an alarming 60 percent of all traffic fatalities in New York City, according to a report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) published in 2015. That is by far the highest percentage of any major city in the United States, according to the NHTSA.
To avoid being struck by a car, it’s important to educate yourself about pedestrian safety and the proper steps to stay out of harm’s way. Many drivers are looking for oncoming cars and trucks and are simply not paying attention for people walking or jogging.
What are the biggest contributing factors to pedestrian accidents? Are there times of day when motorists have more difficulty seeing pedestrians? Are there dangerous intersections in NYC where pedestrian accidents are so common that you may wish to avoid them?
You can find the answers to these questions and others in The Ultimate Guide to Walking Safely in NYC, a new online resource published by Hecht, Kleeger and Damashek, P.C. The guide is a tool to provide you with useful information about pedestrian accident trends in the five boroughs and help you navigate the city more safely.
As New York personal injury attorneys who assist injury victims, we recognize that pedestrian safety is an ongoing concern for many New Yorkers, whether you are in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx or Staten Island. We are committed to helping improve pedestrian safety in NYC.
A pedestrian accident can occur at any time in NYC. Still, it’s helpful to be aware of the times of day, day of the week and intersections that present the greatest risk of accidents involving pedestrians. The guide contains that information for each of the five boroughs. For example, the data in the guide indicates that inattention and driver distraction contribute to a third of all collisions in Manhattan.
Pedestrians and drivers alike should avoid distractions such as talking on a cell phone when navigating the city. If you have headphones in your ears while walking on the street, you may be less likely to hear a vehicle coming behind you. You need to keep all of your senses alert when you are a pedestrian.
Keep in mind these 10 basic safety precautions to stay safe as a pedestrian:
If you have been seriously injured in a pedestrian accident, talk to a knowledgeable personal injury lawyer about your legal options to obtain compensation to cover your medical bills. You should not have to pay medical bills for injuries from a pedestrian accident caused by a reckless motorist.