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Saturday, April 15, 2017

What Are The Leading Causes Of Pedestrian Deaths In New York?

Every person is a pedestrian at some point during the day. As you cross a road or walk on the sidewalks, you want to feel safe, assured that every road user is aware of New York’s traffic rules and is following them religiously. However, as data shows, that is not always the case.

Out-of-control vehicles and rogue drivers are a dangerous menace on New York roads. If someone you love has been injured or killed while walking the streets of New York, talk to a personal injury attorney to better understand your rights.

New York Pedestrian Death Statistics

In 2014, there were 14,952 motor vehicle crashes in New York causing 271 deaths and 15,428 injuries. Of the 271 deaths, a whopping 268 were pedestrians (about 22 traffic-related pedestrian deaths per month). Of the 15,428 injured, 14,906 were pedestrians.

Between 2012 and 2014, there were an annual average of 1,098 deaths, 136,913 emergency room visits and 12,093 hospitalizations as a result of road accident injuries in New York. In that period, pedestrian deaths averaged 312 per year (26 pedestrian deaths per month).

Pedestrian emergency room visits averaged 12,506 per year (1,042 injured pedestrians per month).

A majority of these fatalities occur in urban areas with New York City accounting for up to 72 percent of the crashes and 59 percent of pedestrian deaths.

In 2015, 10,057 NYC pedestrians were injured in motor vehicle accidents, down from 10,990 in 2014 and 11,978 in 2013. In 2015, 128 NYC pedestrians died in road accidents, down from 130 in 2014 and 168 in 2013.

Children are particularly vulnerable. Between 2003 and 2012, motor vehicle injuries were the leading cause of death for New York City children between one and 12 years of age. In that period, 110 NYC children died from motor vehicle accident-related injuries, 78 of whom were pedestrians.

What Are The Common Injuries Suffered By Pedestrians In Road Accidents?

Some of the most common physical injuries include:

  • “Bumper fractures” (Occur when the bumper of a car hits a pedestrian’s pelvis or legs, shattering his/her bones)
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Spinal injuries
  • Pelvic injuries

These injuries can cause thousands of dollars in medical expenses.

Common Causes Of Pedestrian Injuries And Deaths

There are many causes of pedestrian deaths in traffic accidents. The leading causes include:

  • Distracted driving. A distracted driver is not paying attention to the road ahead. They may be talking on phone, texting, eating, picking something from the car floor or changing the radio station.
  • Speeding
  • Running traffic signs
  • Failing to yield way

What To Do As A Pedestrian Involved In A Road Accident

If you or someone you know has been injured in a car accident as a pedestrian, the first thing to do is seek medical treatment. Even if you think you’re okay, let a physician confirm this. You may have an internal injury that will manifest itself later.

Afterward, talk to a New York personal injury lawyer on your legal options. Every driver owes a duty of care to other road users. He/she should not drive negligently or recklessly, endangering the lives of pedestrians. If a negligent or reckless driver causes injury or death, he/she is liable to pay damages for medical expenses including physical therapy and medication, any out-of-pocket expenses and lost wages.


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