October 18, 2013
The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles reports that last year, there were 15,382 collisions between vehicles and pedestrians in the state. Those crashes resulted in 312 individuals losing their lives. The Pedestrian Accident Lawyers with the William Mattar Law Offices explain the city of Niagara Falls recently took action that may help to better protect those traveling on foot.
A story from The Buffalo News stated city officials recently came to an agreement that allowed installation of a crosswalk and traffic signal at a notoriously dangerous intersection. The article went on to explain that a local businessman had been killed at the intersection several years ago while crossing the street on his way to work. He died months later as a result of the injuries he sustained in the crash.
The victim’s family and a number of advocacy groups called for the city to make changes to the accident site to better protect pedestrians; however, a traffic study and expert opinion found data did not support the need or cost-effectiveness of such a project.
After years of working to find a resolution to the issue, a traffic light and pedestrian-activated crosswalk were installed at the corner of Pine Street, between 22nd and 23rd streets.
William Mattar’s team of Personal Injury Lawyers is grateful to see lawmakers working toward protecting the public’s safety and hope similar projects will be slated for completion in other areas of the region.