Construction zones are part of the everyday landscape for many people in New York City. Some of these projects are public and result in museums, libraries, senior centers and much more that enhance life every day for countless people. Private construction projects such as condo buildings are also essential. However, construction zones can pose a danger to pedestrians. After all, there is a reason that construction workers are more at risk for injury than other workers; construction zones are inherently dangerous.
Falls are the single-largest reason Americans visit the emergency room each year, and statistics show your risk of slipping and falling and injuring or dying as a result increases alongside your age. The National Floor Safety Institute reports that in addition to facing an elevated risk of a slip-and-fall injury as you get older, you also face a greater risk if you are a female.
Despite complaints about delays and other inconveniences, many New York residents enjoy the ability to travel or commute to work via mass transit. Riders need not be responsible for operating their vehicles on the crowded roadways with other drivers.
Pedestrians face even greater risks than motorists in the event of a collision. In fact, a report from the New York Department of Transportation revealed that out of all traffic fatalities that took place between 2005 and 2009, 52 percent of them were pedestrians.
There are a wide range of potential causes and contributory factors of motor vehicle accidents. Texting behind the wheel, drunk driving and similar problems often receive the most attention in the media. Drowsy driving has gained some attention in recent years as a serious problem. In our sleep-deprived culture, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety estimates that roughly 328,000 traffic accidents are linked to drowsiness each year.
Over the years, train derailments have been a cause to worry for many. In New York, far too many train accidents make headlines. The Federal Railroad Administration released a report last year indicating that almost 11, 000 train accidents were reported during the year alone. Out of this, 805 people ended up losing their lives while almost 4000 ended up injured. This is a worrying trend considering that train travel is considered among the safest modes of transport.