We frequently hear from auto makers about their cars’ new and improved safety features. These features have greatly reduced the total number of fatalities and serious injuries resulting from auto accidents. But surrounding passengers in high-tech airbags doesn’t help those hit by the vehicles.
Each year in central Arkansas, about 200 pedestrians and cyclists are involved in crashes with vehicles, which results in an average of 107 serious injuries and 13 fatalities1. Pedestrian/cyclist fatalities and serious injuries continue to make up greater and greater proportions of those harmed in accidents (currently over 12%), as passengers become more and more protected during accidents.
Little Rock has the highest numbers of pedestrian and cyclist auto-accident injuries, as seen in the chart below.
Thankfully, efforts have been implemented to better protect pedestrians, and more are on their way. These include:
Visit here to learn about your legal rights as a pedestrian or cyclist, and what to do if you’re in an accident.