January 24, 2014
The growing number of pedestrian accidents in western New York is a serious problem. Statistics from the New York Department of Motor Vehicles shows that in 2012 alone, the state saw a total 15,832 collisions involving pedestrian, resulting in 312 lives lost and another 15,607 pedestrians injuries.
These statistics have many citizens concerned as to what is being done to improve pedestrian safety. The Buffalo Pedestrian Accident Lawyers with William Mattar Law Offices explain that projects aimed at improving pedestrian infrastructure are beginning to break ground across the state.
The Buffalo News reports the city of Olean, New York, is capitalizing on these efforts by converting an old rail trestle into a pedestrian bridge that will accommodate foot traffic while connecting different areas of the city. Reports indicate the project will connect numerous paths spanning between Jamestown Community College and Wayne Street. From there, the path will follow the Allegheny River Trail to complete a loop at Forness Park.
Officials say the project should be completed in 2016, around the same time the North Union Streetscape project is finishing as well.
William Mattar and his firm of Personal Injury Lawyers applaud the efforts being made to improve pedestrian safety in the state and hope to see more improvement projects in the future!