Even if you own a car in New York, there are probably still parts of your day when you’re a pedestrian. Walking alongside busy streets can be dangerous, especially when sidewalks are inadequate. Unfortunately, pedestrian fatalities are still a major problem in the U.S.
The latest statistics
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were 6,205 pedestrians killed in accidents in 2019. That statistic means that one pedestrian was killed every 85 minutes in that year.
How to stay safe as a pedestrian
It is important to stay vigilant as a pedestrian, especially since drivers are more distracted than they ever have been. While walking through the city, try to use sidewalks whenever they are available and obey all crosswalk signals. Look out for cars with distracted drivers, and try to make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them.
Be extra vigilant in dangerous areas
There may be times when you are forced to walk through an area that does not have adequate sidewalks. When this is the case, try to walk facing traffic and as far away from vehicles as you can. It’s best to wear brightly colored clothing, and if you have to walk at night, try to wear something reflective or carry a flashlight.
Drivers that hit pedestrians can be sued
A driver that hits a pedestrian is usually liable for the accident as long as the pedestrian wasn’t jaywalking. If a negligent driver struck you while you were walking, you may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit against the driver. Traffic camera footage and eyewitness testimony may be used to strengthen your case.