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Do Pedestrian Accidents Increase When School Starts?

Pedestrians are especially vulnerable to getting hit by automobiles, and the risk increases when there are more of them out and about on streets and sidewalks in school zones and neighborhoods. Their numbers increase when school is in session, with more students, teachers, and other staff members walking to and from school and in and » Read More

New Intersection Design in Montgomery County Improves Pedestrian Safety

Transportation planners in Montgomery County, Maryland are committed to making their roads safer for motorists, pedestrians, and cyclists. The Montgomery County executive officials from the Department of Transportation and the Planning Board announced plans for a protected intersection at Spring Street and Second Avenue in Silver Spring. The protected intersection includes a four-way stop and » Read More

Artificial Intelligence Helps Prevent Pedestrian Accidents

What if our mobile phones could prevent car accidents? That is the question researchers are tackling as they contemplate novel ways to stop crashes involving pedestrians. Not surprising given their widespread use, machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) are taking center stage in the race to reduce avoidable collision fatalities. In plenty of accident scenarios » Read More

Cyclist and Pedestrian Deaths Increase

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there was a 10 percent increase in the number of bicyclists killed last year, and the number of pedestrian deaths increased by four percent. These statistics suggest that, while today’s cars are safer than ever for the occupants of the vehicle, they still pose a significant » Read More

Self-Driving Taxi Service is Slow to Take Off 

While ridesharing companies, such as Uber and Lyft, are continuing to pave the way in the app-based transportation industry, self-driving taxis are another story. Waymo is a self-driving project owned by Alphabet, which is a Google off-shoot. According to a recent article, it took Waymo six months to reach 1,000 customers, which is a strong » Read More

Autonomous Driving Simulator Improves Safety of Self-Driving Cars 

Researchers recently developed a new technology using photos, videos, real-world trajectory, and behavioral data that will provide a safer, more authentic self-driving simulation system. A computer scientist from the University of Maryland collaborated with a team of researchers to develop the Augmented Autonomous Driving Simulation (AADS), which allows them to test automatic driving technology and » Read More

Advanced Vehicle Technology Can Detect and Evade Pedestrians

Thanks to the advanced safety technology available in today’s cars, more and more vehicles are equipped with accident avoidance technology like automatic emergency braking and lane departure warnings. Another example of an advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) that is currently being tested is pedestrian detection and avoidance. To aid with testing these systems, AB Dynamics » Read More

City Streets Can be Hazardous for Cyclists and Pedestrians

More people who live and work in cities across the country are choosing to walk or ride their bike to work. Not only is it a great form of exercise, but it saves money and is better for the environment. Unfortunately, this trend has also resulted in an increase in pedestrian and cyclist fatalities. In » Read More

Medical Conditions and Liability in Car Accidents

In March of 2018, two small children, including the 4-year-old daughter of a Tony Award-winning Broadway actress, were fatally injured in a car accident as they were crossing the street at an intersection in the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn. According to authorities, the driver had a seizure, which caused her to drive through the » Read More

Hit and Run  

Hit and Run motor vehicle accidents can have dire consequences for the victims. Aside from significant physical injuries or death, the mental distress and property damage can be traumatic and debilitating. Hit and runs involve an at-fault driver causing an accident involving another car, pedestrian, cyclist, or fixed object, then fleeing without offering help or » Read More