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The causes of pedestrian accidents in the New York City area

The large number of car accidents on New York City's streets that result in pedestrians being injured or killed could be due to a number of factors. While it is certainly true that bicyclists ride where they shouldn't ride and walkers cross the street where they shouldn't be crossing, a disproportionate share of the fault lies with negligent drivers. Also, the design of our city's roadways have not always kept up with the increasing number of individuals that would prefer to walk or ride rather than drive through our city.

The New York intersection with the most injuries involving bicyclists and pedestrians is Eastern Parkway and Utica Avenue. The intersection of Amsterdam Avenue and 125th Street and also 8th Avenue and 34th Street were areas mentioned where a large number of pedestrian injuries occurred as well. Northern and Parsons Boulevards had the greatest number of injuries in Queens for any intersection, and Webster Avenue and Fordham Road had the most injuries in the Bronx.

Speeding is claimed to be the number one problem for accidents causing pedestrian injuries according to one safety advocate. What are called high-volume arterial roads are the locations for approximately half of the accidents - though these roadways only take up 10 percent of the lane-miles.

There are also a large number of accidents involving drivers making turns and then striking people in crosswalks. There are also streets that are extremely wide where it takes a long time for pedestrians to cross. Double parking causes problems because drivers are often forced to make lane changes with sometimes limited visibility. Finally, there are many inexperienced drivers on our roadways. In the Bronx, one in three pedestrian accidents purportedly involves inexperienced drivers.

Injuries such as this often are tragic. A pedestrian or bicycle rider struck by a car has little chance of avoiding serious injury. As it is necessary to hold negligent drivers accountable, it can be important for an injured party to speak to an experienced personal injury attorney who can get the injured party the best possible settlement.

Source: The New York Times, "Where Pedestrians and Bicyclists Are Injured, and Why," Ford Fessenden, May 2, 2014

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