Pedestrian Collisions: Increasing Safety
When Vehicles and Bikes Collide: Seth’s Story
Not all pedestrian collisions result in death. Many of these crashes result in life-changing injuries. This was the case for Seth Hanchey, who survived being hit by a van but received a traumatic brain injury when he was just 17 years old.
Although Hanchey went on to win the gold medal as a powerlifter in the Special Olympics, the path was not an easy one. He has struggled with speech issues and work hard to overcome physical and emotional setbacks that were preventable. With his parents, he established the Team Seth Foundation to help others with TBI caused by pedestrian collisions and other types of accidents.
Pedestrian Collisions: Who Is At Risk?
Children, older adults, and those who are alcohol-impaired are at the highest risk of being involved in pedestrian collisions. Here are risk factors, according to the CDC:
- Adults over 65 account for 20% of all pedestrian deaths.
- 1 out of 5 children under the age of 15 killed in collisions were pedestrians.
- Half of all pedestrian collisions involve alcohol use (either by the driver or the pedestrian).
- High speeds make the risk of hitting someone walking or riding a bike much more likely.
- Walking at night and through intersections greatly increases the chance of being hit by a car.
Here are some things you can do to avoid pedestrian collisions as a driver:
- Keep your eyes on the road at all time. Avoid distractions like eating, texting, or talking on the phone while driving.
- Always slow down in pedestrian areas, even if you do not see anyone.
- Check backup cameras when reversing.
- Be on alert for school children, the elderly, and mentally challenged people. They are unlikely to pay as close attention to oncoming traffic.
- Watch where you turn! Improper turns in front of pedestrians are a huge cause of pedestrian collisions.
- If you are turning “right-on-red,” look for pedestrians, not just other drivers.
- Be even more cautious during bad weather since rain and other types of precipitation can hinder your view and the pedestrians.
- Prevent teen accidents by teaching your children the importance of pedestrian safety.
- Do not pass vehicles at a crosswalk or yielding for pedestrians.
- Come to a complete stop for school buses and do not even think of going around a stopped bus with an extended ‘stop sign.’
- Do not drive under the influence, ever!
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