PEDESTRIAN FATALITIES

A shocking article was published in USA Today for the Journal News on April 26, 2014. The article points out that every 2 hours, a pedestrian is killed in the USA. In 2012, the last year for which data is available, 4,743 pedestrians were killed in traffic accidents. This number represented 14% of all traffic deaths. Prior this number was 11%, a 6% increase over 2011 not only does a pedestrian die every 2 hours, but one is injured every 7 minutes.

This increase has occurred as more people choose to walk and safety experts try to figure out how to keep them safe. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) awarded the Federal Highway Administration $1.6 million to 3 cities; Louisville, Philadelphia and New York for public education and enforcement programs designed to improve pedestrian safety.

The 3 cities were chosen from amount 22 eligible cities. To be in the running, a city had to have a pedestrian fatality rate higher than the national average and a pedestrian safety program. In Louisville, 6 pedestrians who died in an automobile-pedestrian accident represents 10% of the cities road deaths and will receive $307,000 to creates a pedestrian education program and create safe walking routes for seniors.

In Philadelphia, 31 pedestrians died in crashes in 2012. This City will get $525,000 for increased police visibility and ticketing during high risk hours in 20 high risk locations.

In New York, 127 pedestrians were killed in 2012 representing 47% of the City’s traffic fatalities. New York City will receive $805,801 and will use the money to address speeders and those who fail to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks. One of the prime locations for pedestrian fatalities is on Queens Boulevard, Queens, New York. The City will also use the money to reach young men through social media and enforcement activities in high crash areas. Men form the group are most likely to be involved in pedestrian crashes.

If you or family members have been involved in a pedestrian auto accident, contact the law firm of Dominick J. Robustelli & Associates, PLLC at (914) 288-0800.