Friday, November 27, 2015

Wheelchair Users More Likely To Die in Collisions With Cars Than Other Pedestrians

A new study confirmed what is quite obvious to most wheelchair users, that is, that wheelchair users are significantly more likely to be hit and killed by a car than other pedestrians. In fact, "Pedestrians in wheelchairs were 36 percent more likely to die in these crashes than other people". The study did not conclude why, but the article points out that likely reasons are linked to * drivers being less likely to see wheelchair users * wheelchairs being lower to the ground than other pedestrians * drivers not yielding right of way * poor visibility A further interesting conclusion from the article is that "Men's risk was more than five times higher than the fatality odds for female wheelchair users". What can be done to improve nighttime safety for wheelchair users? Watch the video below:

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