Re: Fatalities today Often its driver attitude and thus behaviour rather than just 'not knowing or realising'. The phsycology is important, if an issue is confrontational to a person a common response it agressive response, drivers are not much better. In saying this however I recognise, as having made the mistake myself, that visibilty is an issue which relates to the perspective of each party to the collision, bikes not being upper most in the mind of motorists thus while posisbly beeing seen are not recognised in the seen environment at the time. Got to say however that cyclist, and I am one, often present themselves to risk in the manner thay ride in a manner that is devoid of defensiveness, which is a component of most drivers, i see bikes riden into situations that motorists would never venture. Cheers MDSB PS, hope this is fodder for more thought.
Re: Fatalities today In Lee county, Fl this year there have been a big upswing in pedestrian and bicycle crashes with motorized vehicles. The local Florida Highway Patrol and Sheriff's office have been doing sporatic education programs to stop folks on the street that are in dangerous situations and hand out literature and warnings. But how to really cut down on those crashes is a problem yet to be solved.
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?
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