Motor vehicle collisions are the number one cause of serious injuries and death in Boston. As such, the city has implemented a program known as Vision Zero in order to reduce and eliminate these types of accidents from occurring. Below, we examine the purpose of Vision Zero and the current efforts being taken to accomplish its goals.
The Purpose of Vision Zero
Developed by the Boston Transportation Department, Vision Zero has a goal of eliminating the number of traffic accidents that cause serious injury and death by 2030. With over 20 fatalities and 200 serious accidents annually, the mayor’s office understands that there are steps that can be taken to improve the safety of the roads that Bostonians travel on every day.
Citing the number of drivers who speed, and the congestion of the roads themselves, this program is taking an inside look into the cause of these serious accidents so that the number of fatalities decreases exponentially in the coming years.
Problem Areas in Boston
So far in 2018, from January 1st until the writing of this article, there have been more than 3,200 crashes involving motor vehicles, bicyclists and pedestrians alike. Seven of these accidents resulted in death, five of which were pedestrian accidents.
What’s more, back in 2016 there were nearly 900 pedestrian accidents, and with the efforts of Vision Zero, this number has been reduced by almost half since the beginning of 2018. Similarly, in 2017, there were 3,368 total car accidents that required Boston Emergency Medical Services, and this year, there have only been 2,241.
There is no denying, based on the data above, that the Vision Zero program has already been a success. But since Vision Zero aims to eliminate these injuries and fatalities, their work isn’t done just yet.
Many efforts have been taken to reduce the number of traffic accidents across the city. Perhaps you’ve noticed that the default speed limit in Boston has been reduced to 25 mph? This reduction has minimized the number of speed-related deaths and injuries, and will likely continue to do so in the future.
Boston has also implemented the Neighborhood Slow Streets Program which is geared towards keeping the residential streets and neighborhoods as safe as possible. Neighborhoods apply to be apart of the program and Vision Zero begins not one street at a time, but one zone at a time.
For instance, 5 zones are being addressed in 2018 including Washington-Harvard-Norwell, and Dorchester Unified Neighborhood-East among others. The idea is to calm traffic by reducing the speed limit to 20 mph, installing speed humps, improving sign and pavement markings, and daylighting.
Having a vehicle in such a busy city can be a burden, which is why many residents are taking to biking to get to work, run errands or catch the train. But Boston roads simply aren’t the safest for bicyclists, which is why Vision Zero has made implementing up to six feet wide bike lanes on the city’s roads. The bike lanes separate bike traffic from vehicle traffic by using flex posts and buffered lanes that are up to two feet wide.
These are just a few of the efforts the Vision Zero program has made to improve the safety for all Bostonians, and you can expect to see more improvements as we move closer to 2030.
Get in Touch with a Boston Car Accident Lawyer
If you’ve been injured in an auto wreck, or if you’ve lost someone to a motor vehicle collision, working with a Boston auto accident lawyer could be in your best interest.
Not only will the information regarding your accident be used to help Vision Zero be a success, but you can obtain the compensation your family needs to rebuild your lives following the serious car crash that you were involved in.