Modern life offers us so many conveniences. Advancements in technology have changed how people get around day to day. However, not every part of these changes is positive.
If you have lived here in Staten Island, or any part of New York City, for very long, you have probably made use of mass transit in some form. Multiple choices for mass transit have reduced the number of traffic fatalities for several years now. However, experts say that 2019 is the first year that showed a rise in fatal traffic accidents, specifically pedestrian accidents. Why is this happening and what can be done to stop it?
Numbers tell the story
One of the more troubling statistics cited is the rise in cyclist deaths. In that group, fatal accidents tripled last year. Even though the popularity of cycling has gone up over the past years, 2019 had 29 cyclist deaths compared to only 10 in 2018.
So, what is behind the rise just last year? Researchers believe that it is due, in part, to the popularity of e-hail services and rideshare apps such as Uber or Lyft. This persists even with the limitations placed on rideshare companies in the city. Subsequently, this all means that the number of people using a bus or the subway to get around has gone down. The increase in passenger vehicles means traffic overall rose and that more accidents happen.
So, what can we do?
Fortunately, New York City is already implementing measures to combat these troubling trends. City leaders plan to increase the number of protected bike lanes and change the timing of traffic lights to help cyclists. Sadly, even after the announcement of these plans, cyclists still lost their lives.
Another plan set to go in effect this year is congestion pricing. The hope is that it will not only reduce traffic but also generate much-needed funding for the Metropolitan Transit Authority. These funds will help improve accessibility for those with disabilities and update the entire system.
Were you hurt in an accident?
No matter where you live, preventing traffic deaths is an important part of community planning. If you or someone you care about gets hurt in a pedestrian accident, it can have devastating and life-long consequences. It may be imperative that you hold those responsible accountable for their actions.