The danger for pedestrians in New York is inherent. The number of vehicles on the road and the frenzied nature of the city make it common that there will be crashes between vehicles and pedestrians. The statistics, however, indicate that the problem might be worse than initially thought.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) states that in 2016, the number of pedestrian fatalities has risen by 46 percent from the low in 2009. In its study, IIHS is unable to discern the cause for the increase. It is believed that the greater number of miles that people are driving, an increase in speed limits, more SUVs being on the road, a lack of maintenance for traffic lights and neighborhoods being devoid of sidewalks are all factors.
There were just shy of 6,000 pedestrian fatalities in 2016. That accounted for 16 percent of all deaths in crashes. In 2009, the total was around 4,100. There has been a decrease in the number of pedestrian deaths since 1975 when there were 7,516. In 2016, the number was the highest since 1990 when there were 6,482 deaths. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says that there has been a rise in the percentage of fatal accidents with pedestrians since 2005. From 2009 to 2016, 52 percent of the increase in highway deaths involved pedestrians.
From 2009 to 2016 there was a 50 percent increase in accidents that occurred in areas that were not intersections; a 54 percent increase in accidents in suburban and urban locations; a 56 percent increase in accidents that happened in the dark; and a 67 percent increase in accidents that occurred on roads that generally send drivers onto freeways. SUVs are viewed as a major contributor to these accidents. They are higher from the ground and tend to hit pedestrians in areas like the head or chest where the pedestrian is more likely to suffer severe injuries.
Pedestrians who are hit by a car are at risk for serious injuries and death due to their vulnerability. Brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, broken bones, cuts and worse can come about in this type of crash. Those who have been affected by a pedestrian accident may want to determine whether they can seek compensation through a legal filing.
Source: consumerreports.org, “Pedestrian Deaths in the U.S. Soared From 2009-2016, Study Shows,” Patrick Olsen, May 8, 2018