Traffic accidents kill close to 6,000 pedestrians in the US every year. On the congested streets of New York City, pedestrian accidents are even more common and crash data indicate that about 25 percent of all traffic-related fatalities and injuries in NYC involve pedestrians. While any type of road accident can be dangerous, pedestrian accidents are often devastating because those walking on the sidewalk have absolutely no personal protection, unlike the motorists who are sheltered inside their cars.
New York City is home to millions of people and also receives a constant stream of tourists as well as business visitors who travel to the city every year for various reasons. On the busy and bustling streets of this densely packed city, road accidents are unfortunately far too common.
One of the best ways to get around New York City is on foot. But unfortunately, the city ranks as one of the country’s most dangerous metropolitan areas for pedestrians. Thanks to the state’s Vision Zero initiative, fatal accidents involving pedestrians have been declining in recent years.
Marked crosswalks are recommended for pedestrians to cross a busy intersection or street safely. The problem is crosswalks don’t always offer an expected level of safety. Few crosswalks in the New York area contain hidden dangers or are poorly designed. They can cause a serious pedestrian accident. You must include the details of the crosswalk in your damage claim if it contributed in some way to your accident.
Pedestrians do not have the safety or protection of cars when involved in a car accident. In fact, they don’t have any protection at all, which is why pedestrian accidents have broken bones as the most common injury. 3,000 pounds of steel and other metal colliding into an unprotected human being can result in exceptionally serious injuries, especially in the hip and leg region.