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New York officials launch annual campaign to limit car accidents

For the third consecutive year, New York City officials launched their "Dusk and Darkness" campaign. It is an extension of the Vision Zero Action Plan that was created in 2014, and it aims to eliminate deaths and injuries on New York roads. Accident statistics of previous years show a definite increase in car accidents during the winter months. However, the Dusk and Darkness campaign proved successful in limiting the traditional end-of-year spike in traffic fatalities.

Authorities say the evening hours after the end of Daylight Saving Time have proven to be more hazardous for drivers who fail to take more care in driving than they would on summer evenings. Children and workers who choose to walk home from school and work bring about additional hazards at this time of the day. The earlier onset of darkness limits visibility, and most people tend to be in a hurry to get to their destinations as quickly as possible.

The campaign is focused on all vehicle operators and pedestrians. Both groups are urged to keep a better look out for each other, and vehicle operators are asked to slow down during turns and while going through intersections. On the other hand, pedestrians might take chances and rush across streets to limit their time in the cold. They are asked to make extra sure that it is safe before they proceed to cross the streets and to look out for turning cars when they cross intersections -- of course, always in crosswalks.

Hundreds of thousands of fliers are being distributed to drivers and pedestrians to create awareness and to encourage safe driving and walking. However, even though traffic fatalities showed significant declines during the Dusk and Darkness campaigns of the previous two years, car accidents in New York will likely continue to claim lives and cause serious injuries. Injured victims or surviving family members of those who lost their lives due to the negligence of other parties are free to seek financial relief. An experienced personal injury and wrongful death attorney can provide the necessary support and guidance throughout ensuing legal proceedings to recover economic and non-economic damages.

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