A likely contributing factor to these types of accidents is the ever-present fascination people have with their mobile phones, tablets, and other handheld devices.
Houston, TX (PRWEB) February 06, 2013
Data recently released by the NHTSA shows that in 2010 there was a sharp rise in the amount of fatal pedestrian accidents in the State of Texas - 421 of them to be exact. That's 72 more pedestrian accidents than 2009 had. Houston car accident lawyer E. Michael Grossman went on to explain that "Motorcyclist fatalities and pedestrian fatalities are about the only accident categories which have increased in Texas, while areas like overall traffic fatalities, alcohol-impaired fatalities, and speeding-related fatalities have declined."
So what is the reason for this increase in accident numbers?
According to Michael Grossman "Since the NHTSA released the 2010 data, entities have not broken down why this increase in pedestrian accidents is occurring. However, issues like overall population increase, growth in urban areas, and technology have certainly played a role." Mr. Grossman then went on to further explain the role technology has had. "A likely contributing factor to these types of accidents is the ever-present fascination people have with their mobile phones, tablets, and other handheld devices."
The NHTSA has also recommended legislation directly aimed at reducing the number of auto-pedestrian accidents by setting a minimum sound level standard for electric & hybrid vehicles. This would be done in order to alert pedestrians of approaching automobiles. "This is an excellent idea to turn the tide of this burgeoning problem," explains Houston injury attorney Michael Grossman. "Part of ensuring pedestrian safety is making sure every possible sense is used to alert of an oncoming vehicle. Increasing sound levels not only triggers hearing but allows a pedestrian to have a better feel for the direction the vehicle is traveling. The next step is to tweak these types of alerts for the hearing impaired."
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