Broadway is a well-known main thoroughfare for New York, with a 13-mile stretch through Manhattan, so residents and tourists alike will be alarmed by some new data. The Tri-State Transportation Campaign released information on Feb. 5 from a three-year study concluding that Broadway is the deadliest street in the city for pedestrians.
Using federal data, Tri-State found that Broadway had the highest number of fatal pedestrian accidents, with nine people killed between 2010 and 2012. In total, there were 420 pedestrians killed in that time on New York City streets.
The executive director of the transportation campaign noted that the amount of traffic and the wideness of the street made it dangerous for crossing pedestrians. One resident who is familiar with the area agreed, claiming that drivers often speed and are not on the lookout for pedestrians. Another man interviewed for a news source pointed out that pedestrians must also be more careful.
According to data from the New York Police Department, there were 173 pedestrian deaths in 2013 throughout New York City. That was more than an average of 148 such deaths for the years 2010, 2011 and 2012.
Whatever the cause of an urban pedestrian accident, obviously the consequences can be serious. Pedestrians are in a different kind of danger than motorists because pedestrians do not have the outer protection provided by a motor vehicle. Likewise, motorcyclists and bicyclists must be proactive about their safety.
Any time an injurious accident occurs, it is important for the injured party to seek medical attention and keep track of all medical records. A personal injury attorney can use such information to assess a claim and calculate the full cost of the injury, now and in the future.
Source: New York Daily News, “Broadway is New York’s deadliest street, Woodhaven Blvd. a close second: report,” Edgar Sandoval, Ryan Sit and Pete Donahue, Feb. 5, 2014