You may already know the dangers of driving while distracted. Many Olympia area motorists do, too. However, some of them are not using this knowledge to change their driving behaviors. They still operate their vehicles while performing other activities that make it challenging for them to stay focused on the roads.
Pedestrians, cyclists and motorists need to share the roadways safely. Unfortunately, many pedestrians end up getting hurt or worse when they are just trying to get from Point A to Point B. According to the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center, over 5,000 pedestrians died in car accidents in 2015 alone.
The temperatures are heating up, which means more people are taking to the sidewalks and roadways. If you are among them, it is important to recognize what this influx of foot and road traffic might mean for your safety. Many drivers taking to the streets during the summertime are students with limited driving experience, and this and other factors enhance your risk of injury as a pedestrian.
Road rage can range from simple frustration to fatal incidents. According to studies performed by the National Center for Biotechnology Information, almost a third of drivers in the United States today report that they deal with some sort of road rage when driving. While most road rage incidents resolve quickly, some lead to dangerous behaviors that cause injury or even death to anyone involved and innocent bystanders.
One moment you're focused on hitting the next mile marker of your run, and the next you're staring at a set of headlights bearing down on you. When you wake up, you're on the pavement, disoriented and in an unimaginable amount of pain. If this sounds anything like your accident, you're not alone.