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Pedestrians are at risk: 3 shocking statistics

Pedestrian accidents are horrific and often leave individuals with serious injuries if they survive. Many pedestrians suffer life-altering injuries or death because they have no protection against the impact of a vehicle. The faster a vehicle travels, the more likely it is that the pedestrian will be killed.

Self-driving cars introduce moral dilemma

New York drivers may face a moral dilemma when driverless cars are finally available on the market although by then, regulation may have addressed the problem. On June 23, a study was published that asked 1,928 respondents about various hypothetical situations that might arise with self-driving cars. One was two people riding in a driverless car with obstacles on either side and pedestrians in the path ahead. The survey asked whether the car should hit a wall, injuring or killing the passengers, or save the passengers and hit the pedestrians instead.

Pedestrian fatality report makes grim reading

New York is one of the most dangerous states in the country for pedestrians according to a report released in March 2016 by the Governors Highway Safety Association. The Empire State, along with Florida, Texas and California, accounted for 42 percent of all pedestrian deaths in the first six months of 2015. The 2,368 pedestrians who lost their lives on the nation's roads during the first six months of 2015 represented a 6 percent increase over the first six months of 2014, but experts say that the increase could be as high as 10 percent when the entire year is looked at.

1 killed, 1 injured in 2 hit-and-run crashes on same day

While New York City saw a drop in fatal pedestrian traffic accidents from 2014 to 2014, these types of accidents can still occur as two took place within hours of each other on Jan. 30. One happened when a woman in Williamsburg headed to a livery cab on Rodney St. near Hope St. tried to cross the street at around 1:15 a.m. when she was hit by a silver BMW.

Increased risk of death found for accident victims in wheelchairs

Those riding bicycles or traveling on foot are extremely vulnerable on New York roads, but a study conducted by Georgetown University researchers indicates that wheelchair users face even greater dangers. The study, which was published in November 2015 in the medical journal BMJ Open, found that wheelchair users were 36 percent more likely to lose their lives after being struck by a motor vehicle than other pedestrians.

New York pedestrian hybrid beacons and crosswalk safety

A pedestrian hybrid beacon device known as the High Intensity Activated CrossWalK may help protect New York pedestrians at crossings. The warning device uses two red lenses and one yellow lens to signal when it is safe for pedestrians to walk across major roadways. The beacon displays alternating red lights to drivers, warning them to stop until pedestrians can finish their crossing cycle.

Pedestrian accident facts

Every year, thousands of pedestrians are injured and killed while walking along New York streets. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, traffic accidents in the United States resulted in 4,743 pedestrian deaths in 2012. There were also approximately 76,000 pedestrians injured in traffic accidents during that same year.

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