Did you cross the street on your way to work? Did you walk through a parking lot at the grocery store? If so, you were a pedestrian. Oftentimes, especially in Queens County, walking is easier than trying to drive, hail a cab or take the subway. Sadly, pedestrians in New York are at risk of being struck by a car.
The statistics on auto-pedestrian accidents
Pedestrian injuries are one of the top 10 reasons a person is admitted to the hospital in New York State. According to the Department of Health an estimated 300 pedestrians lose their lives in auto-pedestrian crashes each year. Moreover, another 3,000 pedestrians are seriously injured in pedestrian accidents. It is important for motorists to uphold their duty of care to drive reasonably under the circumstances, especially when pedestrians are present.
How can motorists avoid striking pedestrians?
There are several ways motorists can avoid causing a pedestrian accident. Motorists should yield to pedestrians who are crossing the street at intersections. Motorists should park behind the crosswalk at intersections, so pedestrians have a safe space to cross the street. Speeding should always be avoided especially in school zones or other areas where there are many pedestrians present. Motorists must practice pedestrian awareness especially when turning at a green light or making a right turn on red. Distracted driving should always be avoided. These are only some ways motorists can help lower the number of pedestrian accidents in New York each year.
Pedestrian safety is everyone’s safety
Ultimately, we are all pedestrians at some point and as such we deserve to be safe when travelling. Motorists must take care not to strike pedestrians. If a pedestrian accident occurs, and the cause of it was foreseeable, the pedestrian may be able to pursue compensation for the harm they suffered.