March 8, 2013
In the wake of two Albany Pedestrian Accidents within days of one another on the same stretch of road, citizens are calling for the government to implement changes to improve safety.
A story from WNYT News reports that a 28-year-old woman was recently struck and killed by a vehicle while attempting to cross Central Avenue. Then, just days later, another pedestrian was struck and seriously injured two blocks away from where the first accident occurred.
During a vigil for one of the victims, residents of the area urged law enforcement and government officials to take action to improve safety in the area. Steven Krokoff, Chief of the Albany Police Department, responded by saying he agreed the need for some sort of change has been clear as the area has grown in popularity. Krokoff added that it will take time to implement the changes, so it is important that motorists and pedestrians always keep safety in mind.
This means pedestrians should always cross the street in a marked crosswalk. They should also always obey all traffic signals. Krokoff pointed out drivers have a responsibility to “use due care” to avoid a collision if a pedestrian does attempt to cross the street illegally.
The Personal Injury Lawyers with William Mattar Law Offices applaud city officials for acknowledging the need for safety improvements. The firm is anxious to see what measures will be implemented to make the changes.