Pedestrian-Accident Deaths Rising, New York has Work to do

Since 2005, pedestrian deaths nationwide have decreased by more than 16 percent, averaging about 200 fewer deaths per year. But preliminary data collected from the first six months of 2010 shows the decrease has apparently slowed or stopped-seven more pedestrians died in the first six months of 2010 than for the same period in 2009.

The survey was published by the Governors Highway Safety Association using data collected from individual states. The study's authors are not sure what caused the numbers of pedestrian deaths to increase. They suggest that two possible causes could be increased distraction of drivers by hand-held mobile devices, as well as greater numbers of people on the street walking or jogging for fitness.

Pedestrian Accidents in New York

Unfortunately, the news is not much better for the state of New York. There were 132 fatal pedestrian accidents in the first six months of 2010, approximately the same as in the identical period of 2009. These numbers are far too high, as New York ranks fourth in the country in number of pedestrian deaths. In fact, the top four states (California, Florida, Texas, and New York) together accounted for 41 percent of all pedestrian deaths in the country.

Nearly a third of all traffic deaths in the New York City metro area occur to pedestrians, according to the group Transportation for America. In fact, that's the highest percentage of all deaths occurring to pedestrians of any metro area in the country.

Although New York City remains one of the most pedestrian-friendly cities in the country, pedestrian deaths remain a serious problem, as the statistics show. If you or someone you know has been hurt-or even killed-as a pedestrian, talk to an experienced New York City personal injury lawyer, who can help protect your legal rights to recover for your injuries.