A new study has found that the number one cause for traffic fatalities in the United States may be underreported, despite the already staggering numbers of drunk driving deaths on record each year.
Companies that use vehicles as part of their operations are responsible for ensuring that those vehicles are well-maintained. Not only does regular maintenance protect their own employees, but it can help prevent any mechanical failures on the road that could cause injuries or death to other motorists. Unfortunately, not all companies carry out this responsibility.
Data from the first part of 2013 suggests that a recent trend of increasing traffic fatalities for pedestrians may be reversing. In a review of accident data by the Governors Highway Safety Association there was an 8.7 percent decrease in pedestrian death in the first part of 2013 when compared with the same time period during the previous year. To be more precise, in the first part of last year there were 1,985 pedestrian deaths while the first half of 2012 involved 2,175 fatal pedestrian accidents. Data for the second half of 2013 is not yet available.
In just about every city in the United States and around the world, more and more people are taking to the street by bike. Bicycles are often seen as a solution to many urban problems such as traffic, pollution, and poor public health. Getting on a bike reducing greenhouse gas emissions, eases up traffic on city streets, and gives riders a bit of exercise on their way to work, the store, or school. With all these benefits, many cities are looking for more ways to become bike-friendly, and that means taking a close look at safety as well as convenience.