January 29, 2014
Pedestrian safety has become a serious concern for many New York citizens, considering the New York Department of Motor Vehicles estimates there were a total of 15,832 collisions between motor vehicles and pedestrians in the state in 2012 . These incidents resulted in 316 fatalities and 16,261 others being seriously injured.
The New York pedestrian accident attorneys with William Mattar Law Offices point out these numbers leave many of the concerned citizens wondering what is being done to improve Pedestrian Accident prevention. Reports indicate some state lawmakers are working to secure funding for future road improvement projects that would focus on upgrading infrastructure to enhance safety for pedestrians and cyclists.
An article from The Buffalo News stated Sen. Tim Kennedy from Buffalo has asked the governor to provide the state with $20 million per year for the next five years to fund infrastructure improvement projects; however, a decision in the matter is not expected any time soon.
In the meantime, William Mattar and his team of Personal Injury Lawyers suggest pedestrians and cyclists stay safe by making themselves more visible to the motorists around them. This can be achieved by wearing light-colored or reflective clothing when riding in low-light conditions and utilizing flashlights and reflectors. The firm also asks motorists to be more vigilant of their surroundings when driving.