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Bronx’s Elderly Pedestrian Death Toll Is Worse Than Bad

The Bronx has a fatality rate of 4.78 per 100,000 seniors. That’s third-worst in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, according to the Tri-State Transportation Campaign. Only Hudson County, N.J., is more dangerous for elderly urbanites. Between 2009 and 2011, the Bronx was the site of 30 pedestrian-collision deaths involving senior walkers.

The elderly have decreased mobility and are less likely to overcome life-threatening injuries, so most places have a higher pedestrian-fatality rate in the senior demographic. However, the Bronx is exceptionally dangerous for older walkers. The problem is significant enough that New York City officials have focused on reducing pedestrian accidents for this particular segment of the population.

Some of the features that increase senior pedestrian safety include:

  • Curb ramps
  • Well-marked crosswalks
  • Wider pedestrian crossing islands

Programs such as the “Safe Streets for Seniors” program have made inroads in improving NY streets safer for elderly pedestrians, but there is still a long way to go.

If you’ve lost a loved one in a fatal NY pedestrian crash, contact an experienced NY wrongful death attorney to discuss your rights.

Source: NY Daily News, “Bronx Streets Among Area’s Most Deadly For Seniors, Study Shows,” Pete Donahue, July 10, 2013

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