According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, almost 6,000 pedestrians were killed in car accidents in 2017. That does not include the 137,000 people who required emergency care for non-fatal injuries.
In recent years, fatal pedestrian accidents have been on the rise in Connecticut. In response to the growing statistics, a Pedestrian Safety Bill was proposed in 2020 and passed in the State Senate after a round of revisions in May 2021.
National statistics typically group pedestrian and bicycle accidents together, often to highlight the risks of crossing the road in a busy urban area or rural region with poor visibility. While bicyclists and pedestrians frequently share the same risks when crossing or riding alongside passenger vehicles, when and how individuals get hit by motor vehicles can vary.
In recent years, major cities across the United States have seen an influx of electric scooters, also known as E-scooters. Building off the momentum of bike share and rental services, electric scooters have been presented as a new convenient way to travel, without having to rely on public transportation. Yet from the get-go, these scooters caused problems and soon became a public safety hazard.