The mayor of New York City has been very public about the effort the city is making to improve pedestrian safety in the area. The Vision Zero plan intends to eliminate all pedestrian fatalities by the year 2020. A fatal pedestrian accident can happen at any location—in an intersection with a crosswalk, in a parking lot, in a driveway and even on a sidewalk. When a pedestrian accident is not fatal, serious injuries are still possible including brain damage, broken bones and more.
New York is not the only city in the country that is struggling with high rates of pedestrian accidents. A group in Southern California known as Circulate San Diego reports that the 23 pedestrian deaths in the city of San Diego in 2012 represent an increase of more than 100 percent over the prior year. Additionally, more than 50 percent of those fatalities involved accidents that happened in designated crosswalks. Between 2008 and 2012, roughly 40 percent of all pedestrian deaths in the city happened in crosswalks.
Reports indicate that the city is considering the addition of more crosswalks but with the vast number of people killed in existing crosswalks, it may take time for the culture to adjust. Better painted lines on streets can also facilitate the change and improvement in safety that is desired by area residents and officials.
Whether a pedestrian dies at the hands of a drunk driver, a hit-and-run driver or a distracted driver, friends and family members are left grieving unnecessarily. Loves ones may wish to consult with an attorney in these situations to learn their options for compensation.
Source: NBC San Diego, “Pedestrian Deaths Reach Peak Numbers,” Wendy Fry, July 8, 2014