In recent years, Pennsylvania has had a steady increase in the number of collisions between motor vehicles and pedestrians or bicycles. In fact, data from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation shows pedestrian-related accidents in Pennsylvania saw a more than seven percent increase between 2009 and 2011. During the same time, pedestrian fatalities grew by 9.5 percent.
The Philadelphia Auto Accident Attorneys with Lundy Law explain that such high numbers leave many citizens concerned with what is being done to prevent these collisions from occurring. Reports indicate the state is working to develop new and strategically placed trails throughout the region that will allow pedestrians and cyclists to travel away from dangerous vehicles.
According to an article from Philly.com, a six-mile stretch of this trail recently opened in Chester County. The path runs from the Uptown Worthington development to Old Eagle School Road. A similar and connecting four-mile stretch of trail between Exton Park and Route 29 was opened in 2010 and sees 350,000 users annually.
The final phase of the project is scheduled to break ground beginning in March and will add another mile and a half of path.
Lundy Law and their team of Philadelphia Personal Injury Lawyers applaud the efforts being made to prevent crashes between motor vehicles and pedestrians and are hopeful to see more such projects in the future.