According to data gathered by the Governors Highway Safety Association, there were an estimated 6,227 pedestrian deaths in 2018. That was the highest number since 1990, and it represents a 35 percent increase from 2008. There were a number of reasons why New York pedestrians were being killed at higher rates, and they include distracted driving and walking as well as drug and alcohol use.
Below are just a few safety tips that pedestrians in New York or anywhere else can easily follow to reduce their risk of accidents. The first tip is to make one's self visible, especially at night and on foggy or rainy days. Pedestrians could wear reflective clothing or carry a flashlight.