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Everyone is a Pedestrian - Pedestrian Deaths in North Carolina in Focus this Autumn

Crossing4_06262014According to the North Carolina 2009 Traffic Crash Facts, there were 148 pedestrians killed in the state of North Carolina over the course of the year.

This is 4.5 percent fewer deaths than in 2008, but it's still far too many people losing their lives in pedestrian accidents and leaving behind devastated family members.

Worse, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has reported that the nationwide death toll has been rising for pedestrians since 2009 and, in 2011, eight percent more pedestrians died nationwide than just two years prior.

Our North Carolina pedestrian accident lawyers realize that pedestrians are especially vulnerable in a car accident and we are committed to trying to help victims of pedestrian accidents and their families.

DOT Launches New Initiative To Prevent Pedestrian Accidents

The 2009 North Carolina Traffic Crash Facts reported that one out of every 10 pedestrians who were involved in a car crash died in that accident.

Since there is nothing to shield a pedestrian from the force or impact of the car, the best and only way to prevent these pedestrian deaths is to prevent accidents in the first place. Fortunately, as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports, the Department of Transportation is working hard to reduce the accident risk for walkers.

The Department of Transportation announced their new initiative in early August. It focuses on three ways in which to make the streets safer for pedestrians:

  • Education
  • Infrastructure improvements
  • Enforcement of pedestrian safety laws.

 

Everyone is a Pedestrian - the new DOT website

One of the important parts of the new initiative involves a new website called Everyone is a Pedestrian.

Newly-appointed U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said that pedestrian safety should be important to everyone because every single person, no matter how he or she commutes, must walk at least sometimes.

The new website targets many different people and groups who may be instrumental in preventing pedestrian accidents.

For example, there are safety tips for walkers, as well as safety tips for parents, designed to help prevent pedestrian deaths among children. There are also resources and curriculum material that can be used by safety educators, and tools that city officials can use to try to improve pedestrian safety in their local area.

DOT Launches New Initiative To Prevent Pedestrian Accidents

The 2009 North Carolina Traffic Crash Facts reported that one out of every 10 pedestrians who were involved in a car crash died in that accident.

Since there is nothing to shield a pedestrian from the force or impact of the car, the best and only way to prevent these pedestrian deaths is to prevent accidents in the first place. Fortunately, as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports, the Department of Transportation is working hard to reduce the accident risk for walkers.

The Department of Transportation announced their new initiative in early August. It focuses on three ways in which to make the streets safer for pedestrians:

  • Education
  • Infrastructure improvements
  • Enforcement of pedestrian safety laws.

 

Everyone is a Pedestrian - the new DOT website

One of the important parts of the new initiative involves a new website called Everyone is a Pedestrian.

Newly-appointed U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said that pedestrian safety should be important to everyone because every single person, no matter how he or she commutes, must walk at least sometimes.

The new website targets many different people and groups who may be instrumental in preventing pedestrian accidents.

For example, there are safety tips for walkers, as well as safety tips for parents, designed to help prevent pedestrian deaths among children. There are also resources and curriculum material that can be used by safety educators, and tools that city officials can use to try to improve pedestrian safety in their local area.

DOT Grants for Pedestrian Safety

In addition to the website, the DOT is giving up to $2 million in grant money to different states where the pedestrian death rates are higher than the national averages. The states must apply for grants by the 30th of August, and can use the money to try to fix the problems that are leading to pedestrian deaths.

The DOT's new initiatives are important ones that couldn't come soon enough for North Carolina residents who are suffering losses because of pedestrian accidents.

Just recently, for example, the News Observer reported that two teens were involved in a pedestrian hit-and-run accident. One of the teens who was hit by a car died in the crash and the other suffered pelvic and leg injuries that were described as serious.

While not every accident like this can be prevented, if drivers and pedestrians all make a commitment to put safety first - and if the DOT makes tools available to help bolster the commitment to pedestrian safety - hopefully lives can be saved.

If you were injured in North Carolina, you may want to speak with a qualified North Carolina injury attorney. Call the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin at 1-866-900-7078 for a free case evaluation.

Categories: Auto Accidents

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5848-100 Faringdon Place
Raleigh, NC 27609
Phone: 919-834-1184
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280 South Mangum Street, Suite 400
Durham, NC 27701
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517 Owen Drive
Fayetteville, NC 28304
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Charlotte, NC 28262
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New Bern Law Office

1505 South Glenburnie Rd, Unit P
New Bern, NC 28562
Phone: 252-634-9010
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Greenville Law Office

702 G Cromwell Dr.
Greenville, NC 27858
Phone: 252-355-5205
Toll Free: 1-866-780-3227

Greensboro Law Office

300 N. Greene Street, Suite 850
Greensboro, North Carolina 27401
Phone: 336-665-7072
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Goldsboro Law Office

214 South William Street, Suite 3
Goldsboro, NC 27530
Phone: (919)-731-2581
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Henderson Law Office

514 Dabney Drive, Suite 200
Henderson, NC 27536
Phone: 252-492-4600
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Roanoke Rapids Law Office

709 Julian R. Allsbrook Highway
Roanoke Rapids, NC 27870
Phone: 252-537-9670
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Rocky Mount Law Office

3202 Sunset Avenue, Suite B
Rocky Mount, NC 27804
Phone: 252-937-4730
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Sanford Law Office

703-B South Horner Boulevard
Sanford, NC 27330
Phone: 919-775-1564
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Wilson Law Office

2315 Airport Blvd Suite A
Wilson, North Carolina 27896
Phone: 252-246-9090
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Winston-Salem Law Office

301 N. Main Street, Suite 2409-C
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
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