As cycling and demand for walkable neighborhoods have increased in recent years, the dangers of being struck by a car are becoming more apparent. Several studies have been released showing a marked increase in pedestrians and bicyclists killed or injured by motor vehicles.
While walking and cycling are being encouraged for the health benefits, the dangers of being hit by a car should not be ignored. Injuries sustained from being hit by a vehicle can be severe, with long term health consequences and even death. If you have been hit by a car, you may want to contact a pedestrian accident lawyer to assist you with getting the compensation you are entitled to.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, over 4,743 pedestrians in the United States were killed by cars in 2012, and another 76,000 injured. A recent report by NPR also revealed that hospitalization rates due to bike injuries doubled since 1998, with deaths among adult cyclists tripling since the 1970s.
With these alarming rates, advocacy groups have sprung up around the nation to encourage greater safety awareness. Bike Walk Knoxville is a local organization that runs awareness campaigns, advocates for more bike-friendly infrastructure, and policy changes. They also have compiled a database of incidents where pedestrians and bicyclists have been killed or injured. This data can be displayed on a map to improve awareness and analyze areas with more frequent dangers.
Additionally, a national initiative was formed to encourage greater awareness of pedestrian and bicyclist safety called Walk Bike to School. Walk to School Day occurred today, October 7th, with cities across the country getting involved. Bike Walk Tennessee organized a 40-person walk today in Nashville including activists and city council members as part of this initiative. Bike to School Day typically occurs in the spring.
Parents, pedestrians, cyclists and motorists should all make a greater effort to be aware of their surroundings and use common sense safety practices. If you or a loved one has been injured by a negligent motorist, contact Knoxville auto accident attorney Greg Coleman today. Our injury attorneys are dedicated to getting the justice you deserve.