Injuries and deaths caused by traffic crashes are not random and are not accidents.
In Monroe County, there were nearly 4,000 crashes with vehicles and bicyclists or pedestrians from 2010 through 2017. That’s an average of 1.3 crashes per day and 8 people dying per year. In NYS, the top two driver contributing factors in pedestrian crashes are driver inattention and failure to yield right of way.
Traffic crashes are predictable and can be avoided by recognizing risk factors and adjusting driving, walking, and bicycling behaviors accordingly.
Data show that more crashes happen during the evening commute than any other time of day, followed by the morning commute and lunch hour.
In the warmer months there are more pedestrians and bicyclists sharing our roads. With so many biking infrastructure improvements, like new bike lanes and bike-sharing programs, more Monroe County residents are choosing bicycling for transportation. In fact, local bike-sharing participants road an impressive 109,391 miles in just six months.
In the winter, pedestrians, people using wheelchairs or other mobility devices, and caregivers using strollers are often forced to walk in the street when sidewalks are unplowed or icy, creating potentially hazardous situations all over our city.
Whether people make the choice to walk or bike or have no alternative, everyone deserves to travel safely to their destination.
Are drivers always at fault?
Of course not. There are pedestrians and bicyclists who don’t follow the rules and put themselves, and others, in harm’s way. But drivers have the most power. Chances are slim that a pedestrian or bicyclist running into a motor vehicle causes a driver or passenger injury or death. Conversely, the data show a driver crashing into a pedestrian or bicyclist has a high probability of injuring or killing them, depending on vehicle speed. In fact, if struck by a vehicle travelling at 40mph, only 1 in 10 pedestrians will survive a crash, but if struck at 20mph, 9 out of 10 will survive.