Aaron Brown writes on Oregon Live that 59-year-old ViJay Dalton-Gibson was killed attempting to cross the street just a few blocks away from her home in Northeast Portland. Any person should have the right to walk his or her dog across the street without fearing losing his or her life before making it to the other side of the street. Are streets safe enough to drive on let alone walk on? The safety of the street overall may have something to do with how likely you are to be killed on it whether you’re driving or walking, even on the sidewalks.

Incomplete Streets Put Lives at Risk

The National Complete Streets Coalition reports that streets without safe areas to walk, cross, get on a bus, or bicycle risk the lives of pedestrians. Look at these facts:
  • More than 5,000 pedestrians and bicyclists lost their lives on U.S. roads in 2008
  • Over 120,000 people sustained injuries
  • Pedestrian crashes are twice as likely to happen where there are no sidewalks
  • Of pedestrians killed in 2007 and 2008, over 50% of them lost their lives on arterial roadways

Connection Between Safe Roads and Safe Walkways

If a road involves excessive crashes with motor vehicles because of poorly lit streets, road signs that are not very visible, or malfunctioning stoplights, it goes without saying that pedestrians and cyclists will be more at risk. There are many reasons roadways may be unsafe. Whether it’s the city planning, the physical safety of the roadway itself, or the fact that the drivers are reckless without penalty, it can be assumed that making the street safer overall will improve the safety of pedestrians.

Portland OR Pedestrian Accident Attorney

The experienced pedestrian accident attorneys at Berkshire Ginsberg, LLC can help you whether you have been injured or if you may be at fault for injuring someone else. Call us at 503-233-6507 or contact us by e-mail.