New York, NY- New York is a pedestrian heavy city; that’s no secret. And as a pedestrian heavy city, deadly traffic accidents are a sad reality. Fortunately, deadly pedestrian accidents are on decline throughout the city, reaching historic lows in 2014. But pedestrian and car accidents are still a problem which is why our team of accident lawyers in New York would like to discuss some facts about these deadly collisions.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, a pedestrian is 1.5 times more likely to be killed in an accident every time they step outside for a walk. There are two categories of pedestrians the CDC says are at greater risk of being injured or killed in a traffic accident: adults over the age of 65 and children between the ages of 5 and 9. For the U.S. as a whole, seniors accounted for 20 percent of pedestrian fatalities with children accounting for 9 percent of pedestrian fatalities. Most pedestrian fatalities occur at night and on the weekends, according to the CDC
In New York, pedestrian fatalities have been on a steady decline, reaching what the New York Times described as a “historic low.” The Times reports that in 2014, 132 pedestrians were killed in auto accidents, the lowest number since New York began keeping records 100 years ago.
The decline in pedestrian accidents is due in part to stricter enforcement of traffic laws. The Times reports that summonses for traffic violations increased by 52 percent in 2014.
Motorists and pedestrians alike are responsible for preventing pedestrian-auto accidents. Sometimes the motorist is negligent by driving while distracted or drunk. Speeding is common and many pedestrian-auto accidents involve a driver who is making a turn into the path of a pedestrian.
Pedestrians are often to blame for a serious accident. The CDC reports that 34 percent of intoxicated pedestrians involved in fatal accidents had a blood alcohol level above the legal limit of .08 percent. That’s significantly higher than the 14 percent of motorists who had a BAC above the legal level at the time of a deadly crash.
Both pedestrians and motorists can take steps to avoid a serious pedestrian-auto accident by following a few safety tips. Pedestrians should: avoid wearing dark clothing at night; carry a flashlight; wear reflective clothing; and cross the road in a designated crosswalk. Also, walk on a sidewalk when possible and if not pedestrians should walk facing oncoming traffic. Motorists and truck drivers: should pay careful attention to their surroundings; keep a close eye out for pedestrians and pay close attention to foot traffic when they are making a turn.
USAttorneys has another tip for pedestrians: If you have been seriously injured, contact an accident lawyer near your New York location to be certain you get the compensation you deserve either in court or through a settlement with an insurer. We refer pedestrian accident victims in New York to the law offices of Antin, Ehrlich and Epstein, LLP. They have an accomplished and experienced team of personal injury lawyers who will work to get the best outcome in your case. Contact their office at 212-221-5999 and set up a consultation.

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