The end of Daylight Saving Time means that many residents of New York will be making their evening commute in the dark. The diminished visibility puts both drivers and pedestrians at a higher risk for injury. Pedestrians are especially in danger in the early stages when they are trying to adjust to distractions like the glare from headlights and streetlamps.
The New York State Department of Transportation has identified Middle Neck Road by Station Plaza in Great Neck Plaza as a hot spot for pedestrian accidents. A review of data from 2014 to 2016 showed that at least 20 accidents that injured pedestrians or bicyclists happened on or close to that stretch of road. Most recently, a 2007 Lincoln struck a 71-year-old man, causing him to sustain serious head injuries.
Although there has been a concerted effort in New York City and numerous other cities and towns across the U.S., the number of fatal pedestrian accidents has remained high. While many factors have been blamed for the increase, including smartphone use and marijuana legalization, a study showed that SUVs might be a major part of the problem.
In 2016, there were 5,987 pedestrian deaths in the United States. That was a 27 percent increase since 2007, according to a report from the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA). During this same time period, all other types of traffic fatalities dropped by 14 percent. It is believed that cell phones and marijuana are among the main culprits for the rise in pedestrian deaths.
Pedestrian accidents can involve just about anyone at anytime, but according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the three groups that are most at risk are people 65 and older, children ages 5 to 9, and people who have had too much to drink. Drivers in New York will want to consider the following tips so that they can safely share the road with pedestrians.
New York residents who walk everywhere may be dismayed to learn that there has been an increase in the number of fatal pedestrian accidents over the last few years. In fact, it was estimated that there were 6,000 pedestrian fatalities across the country in 2016 alone, a 22 percent increase over 2014. Because pedestrians are more vulnerable if they are struck by motor vehicles, it is important that they take steps to reduce the risks of becoming involved in a pedestrian accident.
Drivers reading or writing text messages have become a worryingly common sight on the roads of New York, and researchers with a leading road safety group believe that the popularity of mobile devices is the most likely explanation for a troubling increase in pedestrian fatalities in the United States. The number of pedestrians killed on the nation's roads has been growing steadily in recent years, and a report released on March 30 by the Governors Highway Safety Association reveals that this grim trend continued in 2016.
Each day, 13 people die just while walking in public. In 2014, there were a total of 4,884 pedestrians who were fatally injured throughout the United States. It is thought that the rate of pedestrian deaths are actually increasing in a time when being inside a car is becoming safer. The data is from a report called "Dangerous By Design" issued by Smart Growth America (SGA).
At about 4:40 p.m. on Sept. 25, a suspected drunk driver hit a 62-year-old man who was standing in a parking lot in New York. The 38-year-old accused drunk driver collided with two parked cars before she hit the pedestrian. Sheriff's deputies arrived at the scene on Brook Hill Lane in Penfield and took the driver into custody.
A pedestrian accident that occurred in Queens on June 30 left one person dead and three others injured. The crash took place at about 6:30 p.m. on Horace Harding Expressway service road at Junction Boulevard close by the Long Island Expressway service road.