Trucks And SUVs Pointed As Causes Of Traffic Injury Incidents
Pedestrian and bicyclist fatalities are up across the United States as well as in New York. Last year, bicyclist fatalities more than doubled in the city alone. While there may be many reasons for this increase, analysts are pointing to a few primary contributing factors.
One of these factors is the rise in the number of people choosing to bike or walk as a part of their daily lives. Another factor is the increase in distracted drivers and even distracted walkers. However, there is another yet another reason that is the main contributor to the rise in the number of accidents. The NYC Streetsblog reports that this reason is the rise in the number of SUVs and trucks being driven.
In an analysis that compiled crash statistics comparing the first three years of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s six-year tenure with the first three, the results showed that the best way to make Vision Zero a success would be to limit the size and scope of SUVs and light trucks on city streets.
The website Crashmapper.org shows a flat number of fatalities but an increase in injuries. They have gone further now to include the types of vehicles involved in crashes and displays the data in pie charts.
The Department of Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg told media in December that the popularity of SUVs and trucks are contributing to the number of roadway fatalities in New York and nationally.