New York City Pedestrian Safety Action Plan: Will it Make Pedestrians Safer?


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5/13/2011
The Pagan Law Firm, P.C.
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As the victim of a New York City pedestrian accident, you know all too well the pain, the financial loss and the other burdens the crash created for you. Recently, New York City completed an unprecedented study of pedestrian crashes within the five boroughs, and, with the information gleaned in that study, the city's Department of Transportation has developed an Action Plan to help prevent future pedestrian injuries and fatalities.

Some of the highlights of the 2010 - 2011 New York City Pedestrian Safety Action Plan include:*
  • Installing pedestrian countdown signals at 1,500 additional intersections.
  • Re-engineering about 60 miles of streets to improve pedestrian safety.
  • Re-engineering 20 intersections to improve pedestrian safety.
  • Launching a pilot program to study whether reducing the local speed limit to 20 mph in certain neighborhoods may improve pedestrian safety.
  • Implementing a pilot program to see if increasing visibility for left hand turns may improve pedestrian safety in Manhattan.

While we all remain hopeful that this plan will reduce future accidents, we also know that you have already been hurt and that the government cannot prevent every negligent driver from hitting a walker. Thus, it is important to contact a New York accident attorney at 1-800-PAGAN-911 who can represent you if you have been hurt or if you have lost a loved one in a New York City pedestrian crash.

*Source: The New York City Pedestrian Safety Study and Action Plan, New York City Department of Transportation, August 2010

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