While distracted driving puts everyone on the road in danger, bicyclists
and pedestrians are at greatest risk for being killed in a crash, according
to a new study.
Researchers at the University of Nebraska Medical Center examined data
from the Fatality Analysis Reporting System involving distracted driving
crashes. The analysis revealed that the number of pedestrians struck and
killed by distracted drivers skyrocketed from 344 to 500 from 2005 to
2010, which represents an increase of nearly 50 percent. The number of
bicyclists killed jumped from 56 to 73 over the same time period, which
is a 30 percent increase.
As reported by the
Claims Journal, white males ages 25 to 64 accounted for 60 percent of the pedestrian
fatalities and 83 percent of the cyclist deaths, according to the study.
The majority of the crashes occurred during daytime hours, in urban locations,
and outside of marked crosswalks.
The study highlights that while motor vehicle fatalities are at record
lows, pedestrians and bicyclists still face significant risks from
“The evidence on policies curbing distracted driving is very mixed
and some research suggests policies are just not working – that
we’re not really making a dent on distracted driving,” he
said. “If that’s the case, we need to think about marked crosswalks,
bike paths – the environment that tries to create a separation between
pedestrians and bicyclists with traffic,” said Fernando Wilson,
Ph.D., associate professor, UNMC College of Public Health.
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