The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) is asking all pedestrians to hang up the phone, to stop playing hand-held games and to turn down the music on their headphones as officials report seeing an increased number of pedestrian accidents in Asheville and elsewhere throughout the state.
As mobile technology continues to increase, so do the number of accidents related to distractions. Officials aren’t just witnessing drivers engage in the dangerous behavior anymore.
Our Greensboro pedestrian accident attorneys understand that these distractions have the ability to put pedestrians in extremely risky situations on our roadways. Distractions reduce a person’s ability to react to a traffic hazard. When a speeding car is passing by, every second counts. In an attempt to reduce the risks of pedestrian accidents nationwide, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety collected and examined pedestrian accident reports. This study concluded that one of the most influential factors in the outcome of a pedestrian-car accident is the speed of the vehicle at the time of impact. Distractions delay a pedestrian’s ability to react and potentially to avoid a collision.
NCDOT reminds pedestrians that paying attention to traffic while crossing the street is extremely important. Pedestrians should use their eyes and ears when crossing.
“The common use of electronic devices by…is distracting and extremely dangerous,” said Kumar Trivedi, interim director of NCDOT’s Division of Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation.
The Foundation collected accident data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s National Automotive Sampling System (NASS). AAA focused on the cause and concluded that one of the most common factors in the outcome of an accident was a vehicle’s speed. The faster a car is traveling at the time of the collision, the higher a pedestrian’s risk for serious injury or death.
A pedestrian that was hit by a vehicle that was traveling at a speed of 30 miles per hour had a 50 percent chance of being seriously injured. A pedestrian that was hit by a vehicle that was traveling at 42 miles per hour only had a 50 percent chance of surviving. These risks fluctuate alongside the fluctuation in speed.
To help reduce the risks of injury and death for pedestrians involved in traffic accidents, AAA suggests the following to transportation officials:
-Lower speed limits in regions with large pedestrian populations.
-Construct a physical barrier to separate pedestrians and motor vehicles in areas where speedy traffic flow is needed.
-Urge technicians to design more efficient vehicle-based pedestrian-detection systems that can warn drivers or brake automatically when a collision may occur.
Motorists are asked to travel with extreme cautious. Safe and alert driving habits may be the only factor that is more beneficial that any technology-based change. Driver alertness lies within you. A life can be lost on our roadways with one bad decision.
The injury lawyers at the Lee Law Offices P.A are dedicated to helping victims and the families injured in pedestrian accidents in North Carolina. If you or a loved one has been injured, call 1-800-887-1965 for a free no-obligation appointment to discuss your claim.
More Blog Entries:
Pedestrian Distraction Can Lead to High Risk of Accidents Involving Cars in Asheville, North Carolina Personal Injury Lawyers Blog, September 17, 2011
Back to School: Carolina Pedestrian and Bicycle Accidents a Danger in Greensboro, elsewhere, North Carolina Personal Injury Lawyers Blog, August 19, 2011