There were more than 3,600 pedestrian accidents in 2015 in New York alone, according to the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT). The Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee reports that about 300 pedestrian fatalities occur annually. A ground-breaking pedestrian safety campaign spearheaded by NYSDOT, the New York State Department of Health, and the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee could help reduce this number.
While engineering and enforcement will play a big role in the initiative, pedestrian education is also key. Knowing how to protect yourself when you’re on foot is important. According to the campaign, some of the most important pedestrian safety tips include:
Many pedestrian accidents occur simply because the driver fails to see the pedestrian. In order to ensure you are visible to drivers:
The great majority of drivers who collide with pedestrians do so in intersections, reports the NYSDOT. Only rarely do pedestrians walking down a sidewalk suffer injuries. For this reason, it is particularly important to take proper precautions before stepping out into the street. Tips include:
Some behaviors increase your risk of being in a pedestrian accident. To avoid these behaviors, remember the following:
While the organizations behind this new campaign hope their initiative greatly reduces the number of pedestrian accidents in Long Island, accidents still happen.
If you find yourself facing serious injuries after this type of crash, the Long Island personal injury attorneys at Goldstein and Bashner may be able to help you recover compensation for your injuries. Contact us today at 516-222-4000 to learn more.