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Study Uncovers Least Safe Cities for Walking

By Laura Strachan, Esq. on September 03, 2010 | Last updated on March 21, 2019

With fall quickly approaching, taking a leisurely stroll to watch the changing colors and enjoy the weather is something many city dwellers look forward to. If you live in Detroit, Atlanta, or Los Angeles, you may want to re-think walking the city streets. A new study uncovers the least safe cities for walking and the aforementioned cities are at the top (or bottom depending on how you look at it) of the list, reports the New York City Dot.

The New York City Pedestrian Safety and Action Plan tracked the number of serious pedestrian accidents in major cities across the globe, and also analyzed the underlying causes behing the deaths and serious injuries. The two safest cities are Hong Kong and Tokyo, with New York City and Portland as the only North American cities in the top ten.

The number one situation to stay away from: A busy street corner in Los Angeles with a distracted male driver exceeding the speed limit. The hypothetical may be an impossible situation to avoid for some people, however the sad reality of the study is that not only do pedestrian accidents cost cities millions of dollars every year, but a large number of them are completely avoidable. Whether failing to yield, or driving over the speed limit, pedestrian accidents are an unwelcome aspect of city living that many cities are hoping to cut down on.

Pedestrian injuries are almost exclusively resolved as a personal injury action. In these cases, the court looks at the nature of the accident -- was it the driver's negligence, the pedestrian's carelessness, or both that ultimately led to the collision. In the end, pedestrians and drivers are legally required to follow traffic laws, and the failure to do some can have deadly consequences.

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