Pedestrian accidents are some of the most deadly types of vehicle-related accidents – here in the New York City area and across the nation. Traffic in busy cities tends to travel at a swift pace, or to be jammed with frustrated drivers.
One particular stretch of West End Avenue has recently seen more than its share of pedestrian accidents and deaths. In July 2014, a 61-year-old woman was struck and killed by a vehicle as its driver was making a left turn from West End Avenue onto West 95th Street. Another accident occurred in January 2014 when a taxi was making a turn from West 97th Street onto West End Avenue. As the taxi made the turn, it struck a father and son who were attempting to cross the intersection. The 9-year-old boy succumbed to his injuries.
These deaths, along with the outrage of local residents and the community at large, have prompted city transportation officials to begin taking immediate measures to make this dangerous avenue safer for pedestrians, according to a CBS New York news report.
According to the proposal from the NYC Department of Transportation, safety improvements are planned for a section of West End Avenue from West 72nd Street to West 106th Street.
Although not everyone is happy with the scheduled redesign, improvements are intended to help calm traffic and increase pedestrian safety. Some of the changes include:
Other improvements to crosswalks and roads are also scheduled. The upgrades are expected to not only make the roads safer for pedestrians, but to allow traffic to flow more easily.
Changes will also eliminate certain turning blind spots and give pedestrians a median island that they can retreat to if necessary.
There are actions both walkers and drivers can take to minimize pedestrian accidents on all New York City streets. As a pedestrian, you should:
As a driver, you should:
The majority of pedestrian accidents are avoidable. If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a pedestrian accident, we advise you to retain skilled legal counsel at once. Contact The Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP today to discuss your case and determine the course of action you should take.