Anyone who drives on the Roosevelt Boulevard knows that it can be very dangerous and is often the scene of many motor vehicle accidents in Philadelphia, i.e., car, truck, bus and pedestrian accidents.
Many drivers operate their vehicles recklessly and often drive beyond the posted speed limit. In addition, trying to merge in from the outer lanes to the inner lanes on the Boulevard can be quite dangerous. Many cars traveling in the inner lanes often are going well over the speed limit, and it can be very difficult for drivers from the outer lanes to merge in. There have been many accidents on the Boulevard due to cars crashing into each other after merging attempts. Earlier this year, a driver was paralyzed as a result of a car crash after trying to merge to the inner lanes on the Boulevard.
In an effort to reduce the number of accidents on the Boulevard, the Philadelphia Parking Authority installed red light cameras on the Boulevard about a decade ago, and PA legislators are now considering whether to add speed enforcement cameras on the Boulevard.
However, data provided by PennDOT shows that the red light cameras have not made the impact everyone had originally hoped. The overall crashes on the Boulevard are actually up. From 1998 to 2007, on average, there were 535 accidents on the Boulevard. From 2008 to 2012, that average increased to 558.8 crashes per year. The number of crashes involving pedestrians have remained about the same, at approximately 27 per year.
There is however, a decrease in the severity of crashes despite an increase in the number of crashes. Fewer crashes are resulting in severe injuries and fatalities.
In addition to the installation of red light cameras, other programs and efforts have been implemented by PennDOT in hopes of reducing the number of car, bus, truck and pedestrian accidents on the Roosevelt Boulevard:
Despite all these efforts, drivers continue to speed and drive recklessly on the Boulevard. There have been many serious accidents on the Boulevard in the past year, and some of them ended in fatalities.
If you were injured in a car accident on the Boulevard in Philadelphia, you have legal rights and may be able to recover financial compensation. Daniel J. O’Brien, a PA car accident injury lawyer, has helped countless car accident victims obtain the financial compensation they deserve. Call 877.944.8396 for a FREE consultation.
*Source: www.phillymag.com (Roosevelt Boulevard Crashes Have Increased Since Red Light Cameras)