The Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, which advocates for cycling and pedestrians’ and cyclists’ safety, has identified the most dangerous intersections for pedestrians within Philadelphia. These intersections are listed below, as well as tips for recovering damages if you’ve been involved a bicycle or pedestrian accident.
Most Dangerous Intersections
Listed from most dangerous to least, accompanied by the number of pedestrian fatalities from 2009 to 2013, are Philadelphia’s most dangerous intersections for pedestrians.
- Fifth St. and Olney Ave.: 19 fatalities
- Broad and Race St.: 17 fatalities
- Broad and Girard Ave.: 16 fatalities
- Cottman Ave. and Girard Ave.: 16 fatalities
- Broad St. and Olney Ave.: 16 fatalities
- Broad St. and Lehigh Ave.: 16 fatalities
- Market and 40th St.: 15 fatalities
- Market and 11th St.: 14 fatalities
- Chelten and Wayne Ave.: 13 fatalities
- Market St. and 12th St.: 13 fatalities
- Cobbs Creek, Market and 63rd St.: 13 fatalities
- Cecil B. Moore Ave. and Broad St.: 13 fatalities
Increased Importance of Vision Zero Initiative
While the number of pedestrian fatalities over the five-year period named above is undoubtedly disheartening, the good news is that the Vision Zero initiative is gathering support. The initiative has been embraced by multiple cities in America, and strives to bring the number of pedestrian and cyclist fatalities to zero in coming years (the goal is to reduce traffic fatalities by 50 percent by the year 2020).
The Vision Zero Initiative has not yet been brought to Philadelphia. However, the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia hopes that its pedestrian fatality fact-gathering, demonstrated above, will be the wake-up call the city needs to get on board. The report, which is 29 pages, also includes tips and strategies for making Pennsylvania and Philadelphia safer for pedestrian and cyclists alike.
What to Do after a Bike or Pedestrian Accident in Philadelphia
Hopefully, you never are involved in a bicycle or pedestrian accident while in Philadelphia or elsewhere. If you are, though, taking legal action quickly will be critical to recovering your full damages amount. After an accident, you’ll want to seek medical care, notify your insurance (if you carry car insurance, tell your company, even if you weren’t driving at the time of accident), gather evidence, and call an attorney.
At Cordisco & Saile LLC, we want to improve bike and pedestrian safety within our state. What’s more, we want to make sure that all injured pedestrians and cyclists recover the compensation they deserve after an accident. For a free consultation with our legal team today about your accident and how to seek damages, call us at 215-642-2335 now!