Auto-Pedestrian Accidents Archives

Cellphone usage contributes to auto-pedestrian accidents

You can hardly watch a television show or surf the internet without seeing at least one public service announcement (PSA) regarding cellphones and distracted driving. But despite their good intentions, these PSAs seem to be missing their targets.

Night myopia means drivers don't see pedestrians

Drivers struggle to see pedestrians at night for many reasons. Reduced visibility is perhaps the biggest; with less light, pedestrians simply blend into the shadows and drivers have a hard time spotting them. For instance, a driver turning left at a light may not see a pedestrian in the opposite crosswalk and could turn directly into them.

Pedestrians need to take more precautions to avoid being struck

A report recently published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) shows how 36,000 Americans died on U.S. roadways in 2018. This is the lowest the traffic fatality rate has been in this country since 2014. While the number of motorists that being killed is declining every year, the number of pedestrians that are dying is steadily increasing.

Turns through a crosswalk put pedestrians in danger

As a pedestrian, the first thing you should do to stay safe is to always obey the signals at a crosswalk. Do not try to dart across the road just because it looks clear. Wait for the walk signal, when you know you have the right of way and cars have been stopped at the light.

What can motorists do to avoid head-on crashes?

Head-on collisions occur when two cars traveling in opposite directions from one another crash into each other. Fortunately, they're one of the least common types of motor vehicle accidents that occur in California and the rest of the country. However, they often result in serious injuries when they occur. Head-on crashes are completely avoidable though.

The main reasons drivers drift out of their lanes

When a driver drifts out of their lane, it puts everyone in serious danger. On a multi-lane road like an interstate, it can force other drivers off of the road. On a two-lane highway with oncoming traffic, it can cause a devastating head-on collision.

Can 3 dimensional crosswalks protect pedestrians from being hit?

Some fourth-graders in Massachusetts have come up with an innovative way to try and curb pedestrian accidents near their school. They want other schools in their district and other parts of the country to adopt and implement their idea as well.

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