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Top 3 Most Dangerous Cities for Cyclists and Pedestrians
With the weather being warm most of the year in the lovely Old Pueblo, Tucsonans are riding bicycles and walking more. Whether it's to get to work, school, for exercise or just for fun, people often forget that by law, cyclists and pedestrians on the roadway have the same responsibilities as a driver. Pedestrians and cyclists have a higher priority due to the dangers of an erratic motor vehicle. Sadly, distracted or impaired drivers continue to cause life-threatening or fatal accidents throughout the country.
Recent news about pedestrian and bicycle accidents in Arizona have heightened the senses of community and government officials. Arizona has the highest rate of pedestrian deaths in the nation, according to new figures released by the Governor's Highway Safety Association. According to financial planning website 24/7 Wall Street, Tucson ranks number two on the list of most dangerous cities for cyclists, between Albuquerque and Las Vegas. Shocking statistics to know that our community is ranked #1 & #2 in such dangerous personal injury accidents.
The State of Arizona Governor's Office of Highway Safety agency Director Alberto Gutier said the state received a grant for pedestrian and cyclist enforcement. The grant secured funding for Tucson metro areas, in which the Tucson police department will receive a share of the funding. Gutier said the first phase of funding will go toward education and will include public service announcements in English and Spanish on radio and television. It will also target people who use public transit, warning of the dangers of not using crosswalks when crossing the street.
As a pedestrian, you must always be aware of motor vehicles, bicycles, moving objects, uneven pavement, and other dangers in a walkway, yet there is not much you can do if a vehicle were to strike you. Recently here in Tucson, a second person has died following a crash in midtown Tucson that sent multiple people to the hospital in mid-September. A car hopped the curb and crashed into a crowd at a bus stop. Five people were transported to the hospital, according to a spokesman for the Tucson Police Department, and he stated multiple victims suffered life-threatening injuries. Always be aware of your surroundings and protect your safety, especially around a public roadway.
As cyclists, there are precautions you can take before every bike ride. Wearing a helmet could save your life and limit the force of the impact in the most critical area. Make sure it fits appropriately, secure it and always wear it while riding. Other tips to help you stay safe while riding a bike include:
  • Wear bright clothing
  • Add reflectors to your bicycle
  • Use appropriate shoes
  • Drive with defense as a priority
  • Avoid driving at night
If you or a loved one is injured in any type of bicycle accident please contact the team here at Grabb & Durando (520) 222.2222 and we will take care of ensuring you receive appropriate care and the best legal advocacy possible.