The rate of fatalities caused by pedestrian accidents increased by nearly 20% in 2020, according to the Governors’ Highway Safety Association. This is despite an overall drop in traffic, due to travel restrictions imposed during the COVID-19 pandemic. So why did the rate of pedestrian fatalities go up during this time?… Read the rest
The coronavirus quarantine has resulted in most people staying home as much as possible, to avoid contracting or spreading the disease. This has necessarily meant fewer cars on the road, with less traffic and fewer overall accidents. However, if New York City is any indication, these empty roads are encouraging people to engage in reckless driving, with a higher rate of speeding tickets and more dangerous accidents compared to before.… Read the rest
Research has shown that pedestrian deaths increase in the period immediately after the end of Daylight Savings Time. The combination of fewer daylight hours plus the sudden shift in people’s sleep schedules has the combined effect of drastically increasing the danger to pedestrians in the weeks immediately after the “fall back” to Eastern Standard Time. Nassau County has recently announced a plan that would hopefully reduce the number of pedestrian fatalities that occur as result of the fall back.… Read the rest
Police are on the lookout for a dark-colored pickup truck that was involved in a hit-and-run on Pitman Avenue in the Bronx, according to ABC 7’s Eyewitness News. The incident occurred on September 22nd at 7:55 PM, when the truck backed over the woman as she was crossing the street, resulting in her suffering injuries to her legs and feet. Police noted the truck apparently had an after-market cap installed on the truck bed. The victim is currently hospitalized but in stable condition.… Read the rest
Long Island is home to a long stretch of beautiful beaches, boardwalks, and parks. Moving away from these quaint characteristics of our Island, you’ll find the harsh truth of our significantly dangerous roads. The ugly truth has been revealed in a study released in 2016 by the Tri-State Transportation Campaign (TSTC). The publication categorizes fatalities by year, from 2012 to 2014, and by county. It is no surprise that both Nassau and Suffolk counties are among the most dangerous counties in the state for pedestrians.… Read the rest
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.… Read the rest
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio recently announced that fewer pedestrians are being killed in accidents. He said he attributes that to the success of the Vision Zero initiative, which the mayor began in 2014, and law enforcement.… Read the rest
Citing a growing number of car crashes related to playing Pokémon Go behind the wheel, the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles, along with the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee, recently issued a statement reminding drivers not to play the game and to focus on the road. This was reported by the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle.
Since the game launched on July 6, there have been pedestrian-related accidents as a result of people being distracted by the game but now, many people are bringing their mobile devices with them in their vehicles so they can “catch ‘em all.” Here … Read the rest
Recently, New York City traffic death rates have subsided dramatically and last year marked the lowest it has been historically. Despite promising figures, Mayor Bill de Blasio called for additional measures to improve dangerous traffic spots in the city and protection of vulnerable pedestrian groups such as senior citizens.
Throughout New York, a total of 231 people were killed in crashes last year— 26 fewer than 2014. Motorcyclist deaths fell from 37 in 2014 to 22 in 2015. The city also saw improvement with five fewer pedestrian deaths and six fewer cycling deaths.
In recent years both the number of … Read the rest
Research shows that pedestrians, similar to drivers, experience reduced situation awareness, distracted attention and unsafe behavior when talking or texting on their mobile phones, as reported in a study published in the August issue of Accident Analysis & Prevention that centered on injuries related to mobile phone use among pedestrians. Using data from the US Consumer Product Safety Commission on injuries suffered in motor vehicle accidents that required treatment in hospital emergency rooms from 2004 through 2010, the study found that injuries to pedestrians using mobile phones increased in numbers and as a percentage of total pedestrian injuries from 2004 … Read the rest