Outcry for Harlem-Walden Intersection Safety Changes

The deaths of two young residents in two separate accidents less than a year apart has sparked at fervent plea for something to be done about the busiest and most dangerous intersection in Cheektowaga. The traffic safety study resulting from the public outcry for change at the intersection of Walden Avenue and Harlem Road in the town of Cheektowaga, Erie County, has been completed by the New York State Department of Transportation. 

Next month, the crossing countdown timers at each leg of the intersection will have new audible pedestrian push buttons. When the pedestrian button is activated, the pedestrian will be audibly notified of which street can be safely crossed.  When not in use, the audible pedestrian button will present a continuous tone to remind pedestrians to utilize push buttons for safe crossing.  Visual crossing indicators will be enhanced for the hearing impaired.

By the end of December, additional safety measures should include:

  • The existing 45 mph speed limit on Walden Avenue will be reduced to 35 mph from Harlem Road to the east.
  • New ramps that meet Americans with Disabilities Act compliance.
  • Crosswalks on the north leg of Harlem Road and the east leg of Walden Avenue will be re-aligned to increase pedestrian visibility.
  • High visibility crosswalks on all legs of the intersection.
  • Electronic “No Right on Red” signs will be added to all approaches of the intersection.  These signs will only be illuminated when the pedestrian call button has been pushed and will remain illuminated until after the pedestrian phase of the traffic signal is complete. 

Informational brochures on how to safely cross the street at an intersection will be provided to local community and civic organizations.  The Department of Transportation will also work with the school districts in the area in an effort to educate children on the proper way to cross the street. 


According to the CDC website, the Injury Prevention and Control: Motor Vehicle Safety article stated, “In 2012, 4,743 pedestrians were killed in traffic crashes in the United States, and another 76,000 pedestrians were injured.”

Recovering from the aftermath of a pedestrian accident can be traumatic. The experience is often overwhelming and the hours after the collision will be dedicated solely to getting medical attention. However, if you are a family member of someone who died in a pedestrian accident, you are now faced with the horrible task of moving forward with life while suffering the grief and loss of your loved one. It is important to understand what to do to safeguard the rights and options of all the victims. A lawsuit may be the last thing you think of in those first few days after the crash, but it can be the best way to recuperate from the inevitable financial impact. Seeking the advice of a New York Personal Injury Attorney can help eliminate any confusion or worry.

But be aware, not all pedestrian accidents are caused by negligent drivers. Some pedestrian accidents are ruled in the favor of the driver. With this in mind, do your part to keep yourself and your loved ones safe when crossing the road.

Some of the most common causes for pedestrian accidents are:

  • pedestrians walking at night without reflective or bright clothing
  • vehicles that run red lights
  • drivers under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • drivers that fail to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks
  • pedestrians that do not use marked crosswalks
  • pedestrians ignoring crossing signals

Pedestrians that suffer a personal injury in New York will face a number of hard facts. After a serious pedestrian accident the injured party will incur the cost of both current and future medical expenses. They may lose wages due to the accident and possibly lose their job altogether. Pain and suffering are also a large part of recovering from an injury. Loss of enjoyment of favorite activities may also bring down your quality of life. Families of people who have died in a pedestrian collision will also face similar damages.

If you suffered a personal injury, in New York or if a family member of yours was killed in a pedestrian accident caused by a negligent driver, it is important to seek a Personal Injury Lawyer immediately. Pulvers Thompson Personal Injury Lawyers has an established reputation in New York and will help you ensure that your legal rights are protected. They can help you recover fair compensation for lost wages, medical costs due to related injury, long-term diminished quality of life, and loss of life compensation for immediate family.

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