The last two years were the worst in recorded history for pedestrian deaths, according to a recent report. Nearly 6,000 pedestrians were killed by cars in 2016 - up from nearly 5,400 in 2015. Last year's spike was the largest in the four decades since national traffic reporting became available, followed closely by the spike in 2015.
For most Americans, parking lots are an unavoidable part of everyday life. You navigate them while coming to and from work, getting groceries, running errands and going about your life.
For pedestrians and bicyclists, sharing the roads with cars can be a scary undertaking. A driver's attention may be averted from the road by talking on the phone, changing the radio station, looking at a text, talking to a passenger or any number of other distractions.
If a trend of danger is evident, a community might want to do something to fix that danger, right? The community of and around the University of Pennsylvania is looking at a busy intersection near the school and asking whether safety improvements are needed, maybe even past-due.
Traffic safety advocates follow trends on the roads, always with the hope that fewer people were hurt or killed than in years before. Unfortunately, last year was not a major safety improvement for Pennsylvania motorists. More people were lost to fatal crashes than in 2011.
The investigation of a fatal pedestrian accident that occurred in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, last week started out slowly as emergency responders tried to identify both the victim and the driver. The young woman who died in the accident has since been named, and the driver is said to be cooperating with authorities. But it will take some more time to determine exactly what happened and who should be held responsible.
Many of us have attended neighborhood or city council meetings in hopes that civic leaders might listen to our concerns and requests about public safety or crime. Sometimes these efforts are met with action, while other times they appear fruitless and we continue to be frustrated. And every once in a while, residents end up taking action themselves in the name of keeping themselves and others safe. That's what one Pittsburgh resident did recently, with mixed reviews from neighbors and officials.
As drivers, we've all learned the precautions to take against car accident injuries. We know that wearing our seat belts, driving defensively and keeping distractions to a minimum, whether they're passengers or cellphones, can reduce the chance we'll be hurt in a collision. But these protections only help us if we're driving. As pedestrians, we face a completely different set of dangers.
Some celebrities just can't seem to stay out of trouble. Count among them actress Lindsay Lohan, who is being sued by a woman who claims she was struck by Lohan's sports car while she was crossing the street in September 2010. The pedestrian accident caused "disabling and serious personal injuries, pain, suffering and anguish," according to the lawsuit.
Kids all across the nation, including those in Pennsylvania, look forward to October 31 each year. Who doesn't love a holiday that involves dressing up in a fun, crazy costume while having people give out candy all night? For many families, Halloween is a time to make good family memories.