What Are The Risks For Pedestrian Accidents In New York City?

What Are The Risks For Pedestrian Accidents In New York City?

New York City has more foot traffic than any other city in the nation, and consequently, pedestrians are also more at risk for accidents. One pedestrian traffic study indicated that the Wall Street area had the highest pedestrian volume in Manhattan, reaching peak volumes of 300 to 350 persons every 15 minutes and more than 1,200 pedestrians per hour. Anyone who suffers serious injury in a pedestrian accident should consult an experienced New York attorney about recovering compensation for damages.

The New York City Pedestrian Safety Study, the largest study conducted by a U.S. city, reviewed more than 7,000 New York City pedestrian crashes. The study revealed the following facts:

  • Pedestrians are 10 times more at risk of dying in a traffic accident than an occupant in a motor vehicle.
  • Of all traffic fatalities between the years 2005 and 2009, 52 percent were pedestrians.
  • A driver's failure to yield the right-of-way causes 27 percent of crashes that seriously injure or kill pedestrians.
  • Compared with New York's other four boroughs, Manhattan has four times the number of pedestrians killed or severely injured per mile of street.
  • Approximately 43 percent of the pedestrians killed in Manhattan lived outside of New York City or in another borough.
  • Major street corridors are 66 percent more dangerous than smaller local streets.
  • In New York, the greatest percentages of accidents (79 percent) that kill or seriously injure pedestrians involve private motor vehicles ― not taxis, trucks or buses.

If you’ve been injured in a pedestrian accident, hiring an experienced Manhattan pedestrian accident lawyer can ensure the protection of your rights and maximize your chances at receiving the full compensation to which you are entitled.

At Rich & Rich, P.C., our attorneys focus exclusively on accident and injury cases. We offer a free consultation to evaluate your case. Call 646.736.3999 to schedule your consultation.  

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