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.… 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
June is National Safety Month, which focuses on reducing leading causes of injury and death at work, on the road and in our homes and communities. The National Safety Council began National Safety Month by releasing its annual list of Americans’ ‘Odds of Dying’. The list of statistical averages details the lifetime odds of dying from various causes of death, calculated using fatality data for the entire U.S. population.
Here’s a list of ‘Odds of Dying’ from common activities versus those that are commonly feared:
- A motor vehicle crash (1-112) vs. a commercial airplane crash (1-96,566)
- Overdosing on opioid prescription
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
Just two days after eight people in New York City’s East Village on Wednesday (June 19, 2013) morning were injured when a motor vehicle allegedly being driven by a drunk driver mounted a sidewalk and struck them, the New York State Senate failed to pass a bill that would have required disclosure to purchaser’s of insurance of the availability of coverage that could have provided additional insurance to the victims. Called Supplementary Uninsured Motorist’s (“SUM”) coverage, this coverage can potentially provide compensation where the wrongdoer either has no insurance or has less insurance than the victim. In the recent motor … Read the rest
In 2012 in New York City, there were 274 traffic deaths, the most in four years. In 2010, 11,000 pedestrians and 3,500 bicyclists were injured in motor vehicle accidents in New York City. Road safety constitutes an international crisis, so states a study by doctors at NYU Langone Medical Center of pedestrians and bicyclists struck by motor vehicles in New York City’s central business district and surrounding area between December 2008 and June 2011. The intent of the study was to identify the demographic and behavioral factors predicting the outcome of patients, including considering the Injury Severity Score (ISS).
Sidewalk … Read the rest