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New York City's transportation and accident results are in

How are you getting around today? If it's by car, bike or foot, you may want to think about how alert you're feeling before heading out. A new update in this year's New York City transportation report shows that fatalities have risen in the last year, in the categories of cyclists, pedestrians, and drivers and their passengers. This increase has officials in the city looking at the ways in which such collisions and accidents could be avoided in the future.

The amount of deaths due to traffic incidents disclosed in this past year's Mayor's Management Report come to 291, a dramatic rise from the previous year's 236. Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan further explains the report's findings, allegedly attributing the increase in fatalities to distracted driving and distracted walking. The city's authorities appear to have the hope that a new initiative will reach more than just motorists, but the people walking around downtown, as well. Commissioner Sadik-Khan says that she, herself, has aided in the prevention of someone on their phone walking into a would-be accident on New York's streets.

With the dangerous and crowded city streets, it can be hard to know where to start changing for the better. One plan to be implemented is having the word "LOOK!" written at the corner of intersections that are known to be dangerous. The same helpful warning is hoped to be taken on by drivers of taxis, and intended for them to put it on the backseat windows of their cabs to help passengers be more aware of cyclists coming up in their lane. This would hopefully help to prevent "dooring," a hazard for cyclists that can lead to fatal collisions when a car door is opened unexpectedly.

These days, it's important to learn about the dangers of distracted driving as well as distracted walking. Being a pedestrian anywhere, but especially in a large city like New York City can still put you in harm's way. Keeping in mind the need to be alert and knowing traffic laws for pedestrians could help you to avoid an unwanted accident. Should you find yourself in a situation where you've been involved in such a collision, however, working with an appropriate attorney could help you to be granted some recompense and know how to proceed.

Source: The New York Times, "Deaths rise for drivers, bikers and walkers on city streets," Matt Flegenheimer, Sept. 26, 2012

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