On Halloween 2019, New York City’s medical examiner ruled that a pedestrian died from head injury complications. A cyclist struck a 60-year-old man who stood in a protected bicycle lane at 23rd Street and Sixth Avenue. The pedestrian slammed his head against the pavement, causing the complications from a blunt head injury that led to his death. Since 2012, seven New York City pedestrians have died as a result of bicycles striking them. Over 1,000 pedestrians died as a result of automobile collisions.
Over 138 pedestrians are killed in car accidents every year in New York City, and at least 26 bicyclists have died in car accidents so far in 2019. Between distracted driving and congested roadways, drivers are more likely than ever to strike pedestrians in New York City. Employing the following safety tips can help pedestrians stay safe on New York City roads.
Be Careful at Crosswalks
Crosswalks are some of the most dangerous areas for New York City pedestrians. Try to avoid crossing a street outside of the designated crosswalks or intersections. Obey all traffic signals; when a traffic signal flashes, “don’t walk,” do not walk, even if you are late to work or to an appointment. When the traffic signal flashes, “walk,” look both ways. Distracted drivers may not obey traffic lights and blast through the intersection, even when you have the right of way. Do not talk on your cell phone or listening to headphones while walking as they could make you more distracted.
Avoid Dangerous Behaviors
Walk facing traffic if there is not a sidewalk. Pedestrians are walking on the street itself in large groups more frequently in New York City. Straying from the sidewalk increases the risk of a pedestrian motor vehicle accident. Wearing bright clothing makes it easier for motorists to see you. Do not walk while drunk or under the influence of drugs, as doing so could impede your instincts. When crossing the street, make eye contact with drivers. If a driver is distracted, on a cell phone, or not paying attention, get out of the way. Do not rely entirely on traffic signals.
Make Yourself Visible to Drivers
Pedestrians should wear bright or light-colored clothing while crossing intersections. Wearing reflective materials is also a good practice. Try to cross the street in a well-lit area at night when possible. More accidents occur at nighttime. Stand clear of obstacles such as hedges, trees, or buses so that oncoming cars can better see you.
We Can Help
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury in a pedestrian accident in New York City, you might be entitled to compensation. Cars can cause severe injuries to pedestrians, including brain injuries, lacerations, and bone fractures. Contact our New York City personal injury law firm today to discuss how our attorneys can help you.