Pedestrian accidents with cars can be devastating and result in serious and costly injuries for victims and their families. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 75,000 pedestrians are injured each year in auto-pedestrian accidents, and 5,000 victims die each year in pedestrian accidents. This means that, on average, a pedestrian is injured every 7 minutes in an auto-pedestrian accident.
The Takata airbag recall is now the biggest automotive recall in history. About 28.8 million airbag inflators in 24 million vehicles in the U.S. have already been recalled. The airbags have been found to deploy improperly during a crash, shooting metal fragments into drivers and passengers. At least 100 injuries and 11 deaths have been reported across all makes and models.
Commercial vehicle accidents can be complex and can result in serious injuries and harm to victims. Commercial vehicles can be especially dangerous to passenger vehicles and other smaller vehicles such as motorcycles. It is important for both truck drivers and other motorists to be aware of the potential dangers commercial trucks present.
This blog recently discussed some of the dangers truck drivers can encounter on the road. During April, which is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, it is a good time to remember the dangers associated with distracted driving and review some tips to help avoid distracted driving and distracted driving-related car accidents. The U.S. Department of Transportation began Distracted Driving Awareness Month in 2014 when it noticed an increase in distracted driving and decided to focus on bringing greater awareness to the problem.
Truck drivers can have a difficult time on the road, encountering pedestrians and motorists who may be largely unaware of the challenges truck drivers face. When pedestrians and motorists behave carelessly, and do not appreciate the dangers trucks can present, it can result in near misses. Failing to safely share the road with trucks can result in significant harm.
Auto-pedestrian accidents can have a number of unwanted outcomes and can unexpectedly alter the lives of victims and families in an instant. As a result, many individuals may be familiar with the subject of pedestrian safety and wonder how serious the problem of pedestrian accidents and pedestrian accident injuries are.