Earlier this week we outlined several of the upcoming Vision Zero initiatives New Yorkers can expect to see in 2016 (read the full blog here: 2016 Cyclist Safety Focus, 15 Miles of Bike Lanes Constructed in City Streets).
City officials have assured residents there will be a continued focus on pedestrian safety in 2016. Simultaneously the Mayor and other officials continue to promote the fact that 2015 had a historically low number of pedestrian fatalities.
But is this a real triumph? A preliminary report of 2015 nationwide traffic fatalities shows an overall increase of over 8%.
- From January 2015-June 2015 an estimated 16,225 people in the U.S. died in motor vehicle crashes.
- That is roughly 90 people every day, almost 4 people every hour.
- New York was one of four states that accounted for 42% of the fatalities.
So, while at first glance the results of Vision Zero do appear promising its important for New Yorkers to remain vested in making our streets safer at an individual level by abiding by traffic laws, practicing safe driving practices, and continuing to hold City and State officials accountable for possible weakness’ and opportunities found in our streets.
If you or a loved one has been hurt in a traffic accident contact a personal injury attorney today.