Have you ever taken the time to realize just how many accidents happen each and every day? Consider your morning commute, your evening commute, poor weather conditions, busy intersections, merging roads. There are so many instances where an accident could occur. I’m not just referring to two-car accidents either. Those may be on the decline, actually, at least in Charlotte, N.C. However, consider pedestrians and cyclists. From 2009 to 2010, the number of bicycle accidents increased from 83 to 94. With modern technology at the hands of nearly every walker, rider or driver today, it is much easier for pedestrians and drivers alike to be distracted, and ignore traffic signals and vehicles.
According to AAA Carolinas, Charlotte is considered one of the top 10 cities in the nation for pedestrian accidents. Part of that can be attributed to distracted walking. In New Jersey, for example, a town has banned texting while walking and now issues tickets up to $85 per offense.
Though pedestrian and bicycling accidents may be on the rise, alternatively, the number of car accidents and fatal wrecks on Charlotte streets have been on the decline, according to a city report in the summer of 2011. There were 15,799 crashes in 2010, signaling the lowest number in a decade. Deadly crashes decreased from 40 in 2009 to 29 in 2010. However, it’s good to know some of the dangerous intersections where crashes often occur, and here’s what The Charlotte Observer came up with in their 2011 study of Charlotte’s 10 highest-risk intersections:
- East Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. and South Davidson Street
- A traffic light installed here in March 2010 has reduced the number of wrecks at this intersection
- Cambridge Commons Drive and Harrisburg Road
- East 5thStreet and North Caldwell Street
- Conlan Circle and John J. Delaney Drive
- North Tryon Street and Reagan Drive
- Sugar Creek Road and North Tryon Street
- Browne Road and Eastfield Road
- Lawing Road, Miranda Road, Oakdale Road and Sunset Road
- Camden Road and Park Avenue
- East 9thStreet and North College Street
Inattention was noted as the most common factor of accidents, contributing to over 22% of the crashes. Other major factors were the failure to reduce speed and failure to yield the right of way.
To all drivers, cyclists and pedestrians out there, just remember about the importance of safety on the roads.
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