Threats to Pedestrian Safety
Threats to Pedestrian Safety
Car accidents, more often than not, are due to the negligent or reckless behavior of drivers, making these totally preventable incidents. Thus, if a driver fails to observe safety traffic rules, such as fail to respect traffic signal lights, drive recklessly, drive while intoxicated or allow distraction to get the better of him/her while behind the wheel, then him/her colliding with another motor vehicle, or hitting a bicyclist or a pedestrian is not a remote possibility.
The concerted efforts of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and car manufacturers have led to the research, design, manufacture and installation of the latest devices that will make the streets safer for all motorists and, most especially, pedestrians. These devices, aptly called accident avoidance technologies, are designed to keep drivers from crashing into anything or anyone.
As a result, there are cars now installed with two of the latest accident avoidance devices, namely, the Pedestrian and Cyclist Detection with Full Auto Brake and the Forward Collision Warning System. While these devices enable the full activation of a car’s brakes even without driver input, there are other safety devices that can only slow down a vehicle (to reduce the force of impact), still leaving to the driver the need to bring his/her vehicle to a full stop.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), 4,884 people were killed in pedestrian accidents in 2014 (these accidents involved pedestrian and motor vehicles), while the numbered of those injured was 65,000.
Latest road safety reports, unfortunately, show that cars are no longer the only threat to pedestrians. Every year, based on a study using hospital coding data, about 1,000 pedestrians are hit, not by cars, but by bicyclist – accidents resulting to injuries that necessitate medical treatment in a hospital. Some injuries, however, lead to death, like in the case of a 75-year-old teacher who was struck by a 17-year old bicyclist as he swerved into the running lane to avoid something. Due to the injuries he sustained, the 75-year old man died two days after the accident; the accident occurred in Central Park one afternoon in August 2014.
Kankakee car accident attorneys say, “Pedestrian accidents can result in anything from minor scrapes and bruises to the death of an accident victim. Some of the most common injuries that result from pedestrian accidents include: broken bones, head trauma, disfigurement, skin abrasions or burns, internal bleeding, or contusions and bruises.
You should be able to feel safe when you set out to cross the street, walk to your car in a parking lot, or send your children to school. When someone else takes that security away by hitting you or a loved one with a car (or even a bicycle), the consequences are often irreversible, and it is important that the responsible party is brought to justice for his/her actions.”