From 2008 to 2011, researchers examined the cases of 1,400 pedestrians and cyclists who ended up as patients at Bellevue Hospital Center after an accident. The study made some unexpected findings, including:
- Most pedestrian accident victims are hit while they’re lawfully walking in the crosswalk
- New York City taxis have a higher pedestrian-collision rate than other vehicles
- Overweight accident victims chances of survival are greater than those at normal weight
- Pedestrians with alcohol in their system face an increased risk of being hit – even when obeying traffic laws – most likely because of reduced reaction time and awareness
The study’s findings should prove useful to City officials and concerned citizens aiming to decrease the number of pedestrian and cyclist accidents in NYC. The City is grappling with a serious pedestrian accident problem and prior efforts have done little to reduce the fatality and injury tolls.
If you or a family member has been seriously harmed in a hit-and-run or pedestrian collision, contact an experienced New York pedestrian accident lawyer to explore your legal options.
Source: The New York Times, “Crosswalks In New York Are Not Havens, Study Finds,” Matt Flegenheimer, April 2, 2013