Attorney at Law David Perecman supports a new study being launched by New York State transportation officials. According to The Wall Street Journal (9.13.13), the study is aimed at improving safety along a 14-mile stretch of road where a significant number of pedestrians have been injured or killed.
“I strongly encourage talk about pedestrian safety and want to make the roads safer for everybody,” said Perecman.
The study will focus on Route 5, the Central Avenue-State Street corridor linking the cities of Albany and Schenectady, The Wall Street Journal reported.
Central Avenue is a five-lane road with no median and a gap of four-tenths of a mile between crosswalks. There are also bus stops and businesses that line both sides of the road. The speed limit is 40 mph. According to the Times-Union, two times more accidents have occurred on this road then originally expected.
Eight pedestrian died on the road since 2009. There have also been many non-fatal accidents that occurred when people were crossing across four or five lanes, reported The Wall Street Journal.
Car accident lawyers at The Perecman Firm understand that a person hit by a car traveling 40 mph has an 85 percent chance of dying. This is almost double the risk of dying if hit by a car going at 30 mph.
An education campaign informing pedestrians about obeying pedestrian signals and using crosswalks will be part of the initiative, said The Wall Street Journal.
“Making roads safer is, literally, a responsibility of life and death,” said Perecman. “New York taxpayers have a right to safe roads in New York.”
The Wall Street Journal article cited is “Safety study for accident-prone stretch of NY road.”