A small town in New Jersey recently discovered a simple way to reduce the occurrence of car accidents involving pedestrians. The town of Leonia, which occupies just one square mile near the George Washington Bridge, is often overrun by spillover when traffic increases, going into and coming out of New York City. Moreover, because of Google maps and other popular navigating apps, the number of people taking shortcuts has increased, bringing people through town who aren’t familiar with the traffic patterns.
A fatality in Leonia not long ago caused officials to examine better ways to manage the traffic at intersections. They decided to set the timing on the stoplights to halt all traffic for 26 seconds. This simple but effective change cut the number of crashes involving pedestrians from about three to zero.
According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Agency (NHTSA), there were 5,300 pedestrian fatalities in 2015, which was an increase of eight percent from the previous year. Although many people worry about traffic volume and keeping traffic moving as fast as possible, saving lives should be the primary goal.
Pedestrian accidents can be fatal. If you or someone you love has been the victim of a pedestrian accident, please call the New Jersey pedestrian lawyers at Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow & McElroy, LLP at 732-777-0100, or contact us online for a free consultation. Our offices are centrally located in Red Bank, Toms River, and Edison, and we serve clients throughout New Jersey.