Drivers Found to be Source of Most Pedestrian and Bicyclist DeathsDecember 3, 2019
Individuals walking or riding a bicycle on the road face significant safety risks. In 2018, over 850 cyclists and 6,200 bicyclists were killed in fatal traffic accidents. Recent studies indicate that despite new safety features, the leading cause of pedestrian and bicyclist deaths each year continues to be negligent drivers.
Effectiveness of New Technology
Automobile manufacturers promise their new automated car technologies, including automatic braking systems and pedestrian detection alerts, will result in safer vehicles. However, it remains unclear how effective the new technology will be in protecting bicyclists and pedestrians sharing the roads with motor vehicles. Recent American Automobile Association (AAA) tests revealed the negligible impact of new safety technology on preventing pedestrian injuries. The tested vehicles struck safety dummies crossing the road 60 percent of the time, even in daylight conditions and when the car was operating at low rates of speed. Test results showed an even greater likelihood that pedestrians would be struck by the tested vehicles during nighttime conditions.
Dangerous Driving Behaviors
Although most new cars now come equipped with cameras or sensors to detect imminent collisions or obstacles in the roadway, many automobile industry insiders express increased concern for pedestrian safety. Negligent drivers remain the biggest source of pedestrian and cyclist deaths each year. Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, speeding, and distracted driving remain leading causes of car accidents, including fatal collisions with pedestrians and cyclists.
Concern for Pedestrian Safety
Cyclists and pedestrian fatalities have increased over the last year, with the number of women cyclists dramatically rising over 29 percent in 2018 compared to a slight three percent increase in fatalities of male cyclists. To provide further protection from negligent drivers, many communities have begun to implement infrastructure changes to separate motor vehicles from pedestrians and cyclists on the road. Creating a safer environment for vulnerable road users, including the installation of more sidewalks, ramps for handicapped users, crosswalks, and bike lanes, may be the best way to reduce the number of pedestrian and cyclist fatalities. A recently introduced bill would fund traffic safety initiatives, including the Vision Zero project aimed at reducing pedestrian and cyclist fatalities in both urban and rural communities.
Protecting the Rights of Car Accident Victims
Individuals injured in motor vehicle collisions have the right to seek compensation against those responsible for the accident. Negligent drivers, including those who engage in distracted or reckless driving, can be held liable for damages. Injured individuals may be entitled to compensation for the costs of ongoing medical treatment, hospital and drug expenses, physical or occupational therapy fees, property damage to one’s vehicle, lost wages, and pain and suffering damages. To determine if compensation is available for the injuries and damages you or a family member sustained in a car accident, contact an experienced Baltimore car accident lawyer today.
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