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Safety of both Pedestrians and Bicyclists should always be Top Priority for the U.S.DOT

Posted by on Apr 1, 2017

In a car accident, all car occupants can sustain severe injuries, especially if the car is traveling at fast speed. This is because speed affects the damage a car can sustain upon impact, as well as the type and severity of the injury a driver and all other car occupants may sustain. If car occupants are still prone to injuries, despite the protection supplied by the car’s body and other safety devices it is equipped with,  imagine then what kind of injuries a speeding car can cause a pedestrian, who has nothing whatsoever to protect his/her body against the forceful impact of an approaching vehicle.

According to Iowa car accident attorneys of the LaMarca Law Group, P.C., pedestrians face real risks, especially in heavily trafficked areas, as even a minor collision at slow speeds can prove devastating to them. An individual, in fact, can easily suffer broken bones, abrasions, open wounds, and even catastrophic injuries, including traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, and death, if hit by a vehicle.

In 2012, the National Highway Traffic Association and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety recorded 4,743 fatal pedestrian accidents. Though there was a very slight decrease in the number of pedestrian deaths in 2013, at 4,735, the number of deaths jumped up again in 2014, to 4,884.

In 2015, safety of both pedestrians and bicyclists was top priority for the U.S. Department of Transportation. Towards this end, the DOT convened  University Transportation Centers (UTCs) and many other transportation agencies, and started the Safer People, Safer Streets program. In relation to this program, the said transportation agencies were asked to conduct road safety assessments, and identify and remove barriers to improve non-motorized safety.

More than jogging or any other activity that people do on foot and in streets, walking remains as the most common pedestrian activity. In fact, it has become a preferred way of transportation for tens of thousands of Americans.

There are different factors that put pedestrians’ lives at risk. Though the most dangerous of these is motor vehicles, pedestrians also ought to worry about uneven and/or cracked sidewalk, which can cause them to trip and fall, poorly-maintained parking lots, faded or lack of crosswalks (especially in rural areas), inadequately lit roads, and debris on walkways.

According to the Benton Law Firm, many major cities, such as Dallas, for instance, are notorious for distracted driving and road systems which do not provide adequate protection for pedestrians in the way of sidewalks, crosswalks, and lighting. This dangerous combination leads to devastating accidents. Since pedestrians do not have any form of protection from vehicles, they and are often pinned underneath vehicles once they are struck, leading to extensive internal injuries.

An Appleton car accident attorney, likewise, knows that pedestrians face great risks during car accidents. He/she also believes, however, that majority of car accidents are results of other people’s negligence. Due to carelessness, victims may find it a wise move to enlist the help of an experienced lawyer immediately after an accident for the compensation they may be entitled to receive.

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