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.
During springtime, we’re exposed to more daylight hours and warmer temperatures that encourage us to get outside. While a walk or bike ride around the neighborhood may sound nice, pedestrians and riders need to be on the lookout for car and truck drivers, who may not always be watching out for you.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has released their annual report on the previous year’s highway crash data. For the second year in a row, overall traffic fatalities have decreased, dropping 2.4 percent from 2017 to 2018. Additionally, the fatality rate per 100 million miles traveled is the lowest since 2014, declining 3.4 percent.