Seattle Named One of the Safest Cities for Pedestrians and Cyclists
A new nationwide study found that Seattle is the second-safest city in the country for people who bike and walk to work. According to the Alliance for Biking and Walking study, Seattle has the second lowest rate of pedestrian deaths and the eighth lowest death rate for bikers.
On average, there are 2.7 fatalities for every 10,000 pedestrian and bicyclist commuters in Seattle. That puts Seattle second in the country behind Boston. The study also found that one in eight commuters in Seattle bike or walk compared to one out of 20 nationwide.
It is no coincidence that Seattle has a high number of pedestrian and cyclists and a low number of accidents. The two go hand-in-hand. Drivers who are accustomed to looking out for bikers and walkers are more likely to avoid an accident. This is known as the “safety in numbers” effect. Therefore, local advocacy groups that have successfully encouraged walking and biking throughout Seattle have helped reduce the number of fatal crashes.
You can help Seattle take the number one spot by practicing safe driving habits. When you are driving, look out for pedestrians and cyclists at all intersections and crosswalks. Avoid driving while distracted. Traveling at a safe speed and keeping your eyes on the road will help you avoid being in an accident.
When walking or biking, make sure you obey the law. Only cross when and where it is safe and never assume that drivers see you. Wear bright clothing, use crosswalks, and make eye contact with drivers before stepping on the roadway. Whenever possible, walk in groups and encourage others to commute by bike or foot as well.
Of course, accidents can happen in even the safest cities. If you are involved in an accident, make sure you remain at the scene and contact the authorities. Financial support may be available for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other related damages. Contact Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. to learn more about your rights and legal options.