Re: Infographic I would suspect older adults and very young children may be at the highest risk. The older folks has poorer hearing and sight, and those factors among others would surely add to the numbers of accidents. Maybe there should be a better educational effort to targtet drivers with being more aware of pedestrians?
Re: Infographic It appears the most dangerous situation is at night at a non-intersection with a male attempting to cross the street. Seems pretty straight forward but how do we get those men to just use intersections, and drivers to pay more attention while driving at night?
Re: Odd Stats What a dreadful story about the biker killing the walker.
Just two days ago in Arlington, a mom loading her 2-year-old into her car seat was killed by a dump truck that crashed into her car and her right in front of her 5-year-old's elementary school. Horrifying, heart-breaking stuff.
I guess Arlington would fall into the Urban category. It's neither purely rural nor purely urban. But it does have narrow streets - at least this one was. The police are trying to ascertain how fast the dump truck was going. The woman's husband and children are trying to put one foot in front of the other.
Re: Odd Stats @mejjac: I agree with NewDream and would like to have much more information regarding these fatalities because it is such an important and critical discussion and coming to any conclusion based on less info will not bring any justice to this discussion.
Fatalities today Frankly, its not a surprise for me to see such accidents these days due to the fact that pedesterains and drivers both do NOT follow the traffic rules as seriously now than they used to do it earlier. With more and more usage of technology for its safety humans are getting dumber and dumber (or even read as lazier)!
Re: Odd Stats Yes NewDream, odd stats indeed. As you say 'not to mention motorists' .... they don't. Factors involved in pedestrian deaths makes no mention of them. Surely there must have been a lot of motorists involved in the pedestrians deaths?
Re: Odd Stats Sparker, I was surprised to hear of cyclists killing pedestrians. Looked it up, found that it does happen, but not often.
The case you cited (I only found one, not two) is a very San Francisco sort of accident, since the cyclist that was using the incredible 'boost' from the hills in order to gain an uncontrollable speed. Further, the victim's family felt that incarceration was not a suitable punishment...
I don't think calling for retaliation is a good choice. Calling for caution and good judgment on the part of cyclists AND pedestrians would help a lot more. Not to mention motorists, of course.
Re: Odd Stats Cyclists killed two pedestrians in San Francisco last year and got off with wrist slaps (community service). Cyclists are Teflon, can't do anything wrong. We need a pedestrian militia. Some retaliation would soon make a dent in these statistics.
Re: Odd Stats @mejiac, stats are as accurate as the data that goes into them, usually. And they can be manipulated by including or excluding criteria from the analysis of the data.
I'd want a lot more information before I'd call these 'accurate' in any real sense. Do they accurately define the distribution within the model that was used? I'm sure they do. Does the model include the necessary classifications to properly visualize what is happening? My gut feel is that it does not.
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