Pedestrian Accidents Ride Sharply on Connecticut Roads

Pedestrian accidents are on the rise in CTIn just the last 30 days, eight pedestrians have been struck and killed on Connecticut roads. Five were killed in separate accidents on just one day alone.

Why the sharp increase?

Law enforcement and safety experts believe there are a number of reasons… and they parallel the reasons for the first increase in fatal car accidents in the U.S. in 50 years.

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Three Pedestrians Seriously Injured When Struck By Car in Newington

As a driver it is your job to keep an eye out for pedestrians!Three pedestrians sustained serious injuries when they were hit by a pick-up truck on Christian Lane near Kelsey Street in Newington, earlier this week.  The driver, after striking the victims, continued to drive, dragging all three victims down the road.  All three were rushed to area hospitals.

Sadly, over 70,000 pedestrians are struck and injured by motor vehicles every year in America – nearly 5,000 fatally.  That equals one pedestrian injury every eight minutes.

One of the best predictors of whether an injury will occur in these accidents is the speed of the offending vehicle at time of impact.  Here is data from the National Institutes of Health:

The average risk of a struck pedestrian sustaining an injury of some severity reaches 10% at an impact speed of 17 miles per hour (mph), 25% at 24mph, 50% at 33mph, 75% at 40mph, and 90% at 48mph. The average risk of death reaches 10% at an impact speed of 24mph, 25% at 32mph, 50% at 40mph, 75% at 48mph, and 90% at 54mph.

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Good News For Parents of Small Children

It is estimated that over 200 fatalities and 15,000 injuries in the U.S. each year are caused by cars and trucks backing up and hitting pedestrians.  Thirty-one percent of those fatalities and injuries involve small children five years old and younger, with one-year olds suffering the most.  Tragically – 70% of these accidents occur with a parent behind the wheel.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration wants to do something about the problem and has just proposed a rule making reversing cameras mandatory on all light vehicles sold in the U.S. by 2018.

This news comes just weeks after a 7th grade math teacher, Dawn Mallory-Bushor, at Rham Middle School in Hebron, was critically injured and later died after a parent, who was dropping off her children, accidentally backed into Mallory.

In related safety news, the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers (AAM) is seeking to have side mirrors replaced by cameras in future models.  The organization claims that replacing side mirrors with small digital cameras inside the cabin of the car would reduce both drag and noise – while improving driver visibility.

While we wait for these safety improvements – what can each of us do now to reduce the number of these tragic accidents?

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Airbags on the Outside of Cars??

Airbags, safety belts, traction control, anti-lock brakes, back-up cameras, traffic sensors… It seems with each new car model year there are new safety features to protect the driver and the passengers of cars and trucks.  What if vehicles could also be built with protection for pedestrians in mind?

More than 4,000 pedestrians are killed and over 70,000 injured each year from being hit by cars or trucks.

But there is a bit of good news… a few car companies are beginning to factor pedestrian safety into vehicle design.

When a pedestrian is hit by a car, they are often thrown onto the hood of the car and into the windshield wipers and the windshield – resulting in serious injury or death.   Federal regulators are considering creating incentives to encourage car makers to build pedestrian safety measures into their cars.  To date – both Honda and Volvo have begun to make progress in this area voluntarily.

Both car companies are beginning to build cars with breakaway wiper systems (wiper blades have been known to literally impale pedestrians), space between the hood and the engine to absorb impacts better, and even exterior air bags to keep heads from striking the windshield from the outside.

Some auto trade groups are fighting the changes, saying that consumers are reluctant to pay for safety features that protect them inside the car – let alone pedestrians on the outside.   U.S. car makers have tended to focus more on technology that would prevent pedestrian – car collisions in the first place – using motion and infra-red sensor technology to warn drivers of the presence of pedestrians.

Earlier this year, the National Highway Traffic Safety Commission proposed a rule requiring electric and hybrid-electric cars to emit sounds to warn and protect bicyclists and pedestrians, particularly the visually impaired.  The NHTSA is also considering adding pedestrian safety features to its five-star safety rating system in the hope that car makers will find that an incentive to build in these pedestrian safety features. As similar tactic was employed with some success to get car makers to begin installing back-up cameras on their vehicles.

If you or a loved one are ever struck by a careless driver in Connecticut while walking or riding your bike, it is important to gather all the information you can and then call a qualified Connecticut personal injury lawyer.  A knowledgeable personal injury lawyer can help to ensure that your rights are protected.

RisCassi & Davis has handled thousands of injury cases in Connecticut over our more than 55 years serving the people of this state.  Our Connecticut personal injury lawyers have received significant local and national recognition for our handling of injury cases including:

  • Top listing in “The Best Lawyers in America” and “Best Law Firms” and much more (for more on our honors and awards, click here).

If you would like a free consultation with one of our accident lawyers, contact us today.  There is no obligation of any kind.

 

Pedestrian Injuries On the Rise – Is There Technology That Can Help?

The most recent U.S. traffic data shows pedestrian fatalities due toPedestrian_injuries_are_on_the_rise. motor vehicle crashes rose 4.2%.   In addition, pedestrian injuries caused by motor vehicle crashes increased by 19% from the previous year – all this according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Sadly – U.S. roads were designed with cars in mind – not pedestrians.

So how can we significantly reduce the incidence of pedestrian injuries?  Perhaps emerging technology offers part of the answer.

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How To Prevent Pedestrian Accidents and Keep Our Roads Safe

Our older citizens are much more active than they were akeep our pedestrians safe from an accident generation ago – and walking for exercise is a favorite for this age group.

The problem is we need to make our roads safer for this age group.   A study released recently by the nonprofit Tri-State Transportation Campaign found older pedestrians in Connecticut are far more likely to be killed while walking than those under 60.  In fact from 2008 to 2010, 44 adults over 60 years old were struck and killed on Connecticut roadways.  And while this age group makes up just 19 percent of the population, they accounted for 36 percent of all such roadway deaths.  The national fatality rate for pedestrians over the age of 60 is 1.5 times the rate for younger walkers.  In Connecticut, older walkers are struck and killed 2.41 times more often than younger walkers.

So what can be done?

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Hartford Accident Lawyers Share Tips to Avoid Pedestrian Injury

We have often written about car safety and keys to avoiding accidents.  Did you know that according to the latest government figures, pedestrian deaths in America rose by 4.2% last year and injuries shot up 19%?

What is causing this alarming rise in injury and death?

Reasons for Rise in Pedestrian Injury and Death:

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Protect Yourself From An Accident On Connecticut Roads This Summer

As spring and summer return to Connecticut, we all feel the need to beProtect yourself from an accident on Connecticut's roads this summeroutside enjoying the change of seasons.  With gas prices being what they are, we all have additional incentives to walk, run or ride our bikes to our next destination.

The Tri-State Transportation Campaign recently released a list of the most dangerous roads for these activities in Connecticut.  Two roads on which to use extreme care are the Boston Post Road (Rt. 1) and Route 5.  These highways have seen the greatest number of pedestrian/car accidents in the entire State.

On a county by county basis – Hartford County and New Haven County lead the state in these types of accidents.

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