This May, Jose Reyes, a 46-year-old pedestrian, was struck by 23-year-old drunk driver Edwin Santos-Romero in Bayshore on Long Island. Reyes was taken to a local hospital where physicians determined he was severely injured and in critical condition as a result of the accident. Newsday stated that the victim was crossing the street at around 9:45 PM when the incident occurred.
According to the New York State Department of Health, traffic-related pedestrian incidents like Mr. Reyes’ account for an average of 312 deaths, 3,027 hospitalizations, and 12,506 visits to the emergency room each year. In most cases, these tragedies can be avoided when proper safety methods are practiced. In Mr. Reyes’s case, the assailant that struck him was under the influence. Despite that variable, Mr. Reyes could have avoided serious injury had he taken precautionary measures to protect himself beforehand.
For the last several years, the New York Department of Transportation (NYDOT)has taken steps toward implementing pedestrian safety regulations, launching campaigns to help improve traffic safety overall. Beginning with a concise slogan: “Be safe and be seen”, the NYDOT introduced the Anti-Speeding Campaign in 2010 and has also conducted several maintenance projects such as parking restrictions near crosswalks, the retiming of traffic signals, and the installation of pedestrian signals and restrictive road signs.
While the NYDOT has taken measures to improve the safety of pedestrians, it is also important to take your own measures if you choose to travel on foot. Some safety measures you can take include:
- Wear reflective clothing when walking at night or in inclement weather like fog or rain that may impair yours and drivers’ vision.
- Keep a flashlight handy for use at night.
- Avoid distractions like texting that take your gaze from traffic and loud music that could make it difficult to hear a car coming.
- Stop, look, and listen for passing cars before crossing the street even if there is an automated crosswalk signal in place.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a New York City pedestrian accident or bicycle accident, it is important to contact a personal injury attorney who can assist you in receiving the compensation you deserve. The attorneys at Levine & Slavit, PLLC have over 60 years of experience representing clients in personal injury actions, including New York City bike accidents, pedicab accidents, and pedestrian accidents. With offices conveniently located in New York City and Long Island, Levine & Slavit, PLLC represents clients throughout Manhattan, Staten Island, the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and both Nassau County and Suffolk County. For more information or to schedule a consultation, call (888)-LAW-8088.