Across the country, pedestrian accidents are on the rise. Arizona currently has the highest rates of pedestrian fatalities in the country, but many states are experiencing this issue as well. Pennsylvania is no exception this. According to a news report by an Arizona news source, pedestrian and bike fatalities make up about a quarter of their total traffic fatalities. Given the number and severity of cases that Pennsylvania also sees in these areas, this number may be not far off in our state, too. Some of these accidents occur as a result of driver error or inattention, while others are caused by pedestrians and bicyclists who do not cross streets at designated times and/or places.
Recently, a driver in Chambersburg was accused of hitting a teenager, then driving away. This hit and run incident resulted in a broken leg. Other people who were walking with the victim made multiple attempts to stop and alert the driver to what had happened, but the driver did not stop. A person who was driving directly behind the car also attempted to get the driver to pull over, but was unsuccessful. State police interviewed the man when he returned to the accident scene about 10 minutes later.
There are many differences between the United Kingdom and the United States, but one of the latest differences comes from how pedestrian crosswalks are handled. According to a recent article, a London company recently developed a "smart" pedestrian crossing zone. In this new zone, technology, including LED lights and cameras, are used to keep pedestrians and drivers safe. One of the features includes accounting for walkers looking down at their cell phones, which causes a warning light to come into the pedestrian's field of vision and veers them away from the road. Another feature includes creating a virtual buffer around children who may run into the street. Drivers and bikers on the road would see the danger ahead on the road and know to avoid the child. An additional great aspect is alerting drivers and cyclists when a pedestrian is in their blind spot.
Autumn is fast approaching, which means cooler weather, changing leaves, and football. Unfortunately, it also means that certain kinds of accidents are also on the rise. One of these potentially deadly types of accidents is pedestrian accidents. According to data compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, pedestrian accidents are the most likely to happen during the fall months. Take a look at some of these statistics highlighted in one of their reports from a few years ago:
In Pittsburgh, news reports note that a taxi hit two pedestrians last month. One of the pedestrians unfortunately passed away as a result. According to reports of the accident, the taxi initially collided with another car before going onto the curb. It then hit the walkers as they were crossing the street. The accident caused a section of the city to close and many emergency responders quickly arrived at the scene. Sadly, this is a situation which likely could have been avoided if drivers had taken more care in the city steets.
Over the weekend, a woman in Pittsburgh was struck and killed by a shuttle bus as she was crossing the street. The accident, which occurred around 7:00AM on Saturday morning, happened while the woman was walking through a crosswalk. The area's Accident Investigators Unit is looking further into the case.
Recently, a young boy was a victim in a pedestrian accident in Westmont, PA. According to local news reports, the thirteen-year-old was trying to cross a street when he stepped out in front of a car and was hit. Accident reconstruction specialists were noted to be working at the scene to determine the specifics of the accident.
Unfortunately, The Post-Gazette recently ran a story about an area teen who was killed while he was walking home from his prom afterparty when he was killed by a driver. According to reports, the driver did not negotiate a curve properly and drove off the road, hitting and killing the young man who was walking home. Alcohol may have played a factor in this accident. The driver fled the scene and was later taken into custody.