Bicycle accidents can be very dangerous and often result in serious injuries and even fatalities for cyclists involved in these accidents. While many cities have started planning for cyclists by making bicycle lanes, rural roads can still be very hazardous for cycling.
The dangers of texting continue to be studied and not just for drivers. A recent study by the Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center found that texting has become a significant distraction for pedestrians and the behavior can put pedestrians at risk for being hit by a vehicle.
The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration is targeting hybrid and electric vehicles in an attempt to increase pedestrian and bicyclist safety in the U.S. The NHTSA and safety advocates say that many pedestrian and bicycle accidents have been caused by people not hearing hybrid and electric vehicles approaching.
Male pedestrians better watch out when crossing the street. A new study found that male pedestrians who are hit by vehicles are twice as likely to die compared to female pedestrians in the U.S.
The recent death of a Springfield, Illinois pedestrian after a traffic accident is an important reminder about the dangers of pedestrian injuries. Although the exact cause of death remains under investigation, the 53-year-old pedestrian was struck by an SUV last week on Peoria Road. A witness said the SUV didn't stop after hitting the man. The victim was transported to the hospital and pronounced dead. Sadly, this death is part of a nationwide increase in pedestrian accidents. In the last ten years, pedestrian fatalities have risen by 14 percent.
Bicyclists know the danger "dooring" - when the door of a parked car suddenly opens and blocks the path of a bicyclist who otherwise would be passing by - but not all drivers are aware of the hazard they may create when getting out of their cars. Therefore, to raise awareness of the issue and reduce the number of these bicycle accidents, Illinois is tracking dooring accidents as crashes on Illinois law enforcement crash forms for the first time.