A study by AAA Northeast has shown that 162,000 pedestrians were struck by vehicles from 2010 to 2019. That is an average of one person every thirty-three minutes, with the highest point coming in 2013 with 16,145 pedestrian accidents. While things seemed to be turning around in 2015, when accidents had fallen by 22% from just two years prior, they slowly turned back around, and in 2019 there were 15,456 pedestrian accidents. While this trend may have been slowed by the coronavirus pandemic, pedestrian accidents nevertheless remain shockingly prevalent and deadly in New York.
Where Pedestrian Accidents Are Occurring
Surprisingly, the focus of pedestrian accidents was not in New York City, which is notoriously congested and which has a large number of pedestrians crossing the road at any given time. Instead, it was Suffolk County that provided many of them, which was blamed on several factors:
- The county is largely rural, lacking major traffic controls
- Heavily congested traffic, especially along major roads
- Lack of sidewalks for pedestrians to safely walk on
The result is that many people in Suffolk County wind up walking on or across busy roads with nothing separating them from the cars rushing by. This substantially increases the risk of a pedestrian accident. In fact, Suffolk County has the highest number of pedestrian accidents of any county in the state, even beating out Brooklyn and Queens Counties.
When Pedestrian Accidents Are Occurring
The most common time for pedestrian accidents is between 3:00 PM and 6:00 PM, when schools let out at roughly the same time as people start to go home. The combination of rush hour traffic and kids walking home from school creates an environment where pedestrian accidents are incredibly likely. The second most deadly time was between 6:00 PM and 9:00 PM, where a combination of driver inattentiveness, exhaustion, confusion, and dim light all make it more likely for accidents to occur.
What Can Be Done To Make Roads Safer for Pedestrians
In many cases, the biggest safety issue for pedestrians is a result of infrastructure: a lack of crosswalks, sidewalks, and other things intended to prevent people from getting injured while walking along the road. Addressing issues with speeding is also important, especially with many people becoming more flagrant about ignoring traffic laws during the coronavirus pandemic. Teaching drivers about the importance of remaining alert and eliminating distractions can also help to reduce the risk of traffic accidents of all kinds, including pedestrian accidents.
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