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AAA Report Finds Fatal Hit and Runs Are Increasing

A new study released by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety (AAA) claims that fatal hit and run accidents continue to increase. As the name implies, a hit and run crash is where a motor vehicle strikes someone else and leaves the scene. According to AAA, fatal hit and runs have increased by 7 percent each year since 2009. Almost 65 percent of the victims were cyclists and pedestrians. In 2016, an astonishing 2,049 people died in hit and run crashes – the highest number on record. An average of 682,000 hit and run crashes occur each year. Why are hit and runs increasing? There could be a few possible causes, such as: More vehicles and cyclists on the road. An increase in mobile phone use during the last decade. Some motorists may be so distracted by their phones that they are unaware when they hit cyclists or pedestrians. Some…
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Are Potholes and Poorly Maintained Sidewalks Causing San Diego Bicycle Accidents?

The San Diego Union-Tribune recently published an article on personal injury lawsuits in San Diego. According to the article, San Diego is facing multiple lawsuits for accidents caused by potholes, damaged sidewalks and trenches. These conditions caused deaths and catastrophic injuries to pedestrians, cyclists and others. The article describes multiple accidents that have occurred in the past several years. These accidents include but are not limited to: A man who died after hitting a protruding sidewalk in Old Town while riding a Segway. Segways are motorized scooter devices. A Sorrento Valley man who became paralyzed from the neck down after hitting a rock pile while riding in a bike lane. According to the man, he flipped his bike after construction workers left the rock pile next to an open trench. A man who suffered a head injury after hitting a damaged sidewalk while biking in Del Cerro. In this case,…
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Have Cyclist, Motorcyclist and Pedestrian Deaths Increased?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released statistics that suggest traffic deaths increased for cyclists, motorcyclists and pedestrians in recent years. These groups are also called “vulnerable road users”. NHTSA’s most recent statistics, which cover traffic fatalities for 2015, show the following trends: Pedestrian deaths increased by 9.5 percent from 2014 to 2015. According to NHTSA’s findings, 5376 pedestrians died from collisions with motor vehicles during 2015. This is the highest number of recorded pedestrian deaths since 1996. Bicyclist fatalities increased by more than 12 percent from 2014 to 2015. NHTSA statistics show that 818 cyclists died during 2015. This is the highest number of bicycle deaths since 1995. Fatal motorcycle accidents increased by 8.3 percent between 2014 and 2015. More than 4,970 motorcyclists died in accidents during this period. NHTSA found several reasons why traffic fatalities increased between 2014 and 2015. Fatal distracted driving accidents increased by 8.8…
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