A recent study released by the Kinder Institute for Urban Research at Rice University attempts to make sense of the risk that both bicyclists and pedestrians face when it comes to how likely they are to be struck by a car. Preliminary evidence suggests that both groups are at least nine times more likely to be struck and killed at an intersection than they would be anywhere else on the road.
This insight comes at a time in which researchers at the university have been trying to make sense of the uptick in auto-pedestrian and bicyclist-vehicle accidents that has been plaguing both Houston and the country as a whole over the past few years.
The lead researcher in the case relied upon using the colocation model to gain a better understanding of the intersections most apt to be a hotbed for either pedestrian- or bicyclist-involved accidents. Using this model, he was able to gain a better understanding as to what particular types of traffic patterns give way to these kinds of crashes.
He employed this technique to arrive at the conclusion that intersections with traffic signals were nine times more dangerous in terms of giving way to fatal pedestrian-car or bicycle-automobile accidents. In using that same model, he too was able to determine that intersections with just stop signs or no signals at all had a significantly reduced risk for causing a fatal accident —with a likelihood of just 1.48 and .5, respectively.
The researcher also observed that traffic signals that are timed to operate far apart from one another are also problematic. Some problem roadways he listed as being plagued by this included: Westheimer Road, Bellaire Boulevard and Richmond Avenue. He argues that these and other similar roadways are frequented by impatient pedestrians who are struck when they cross these roadways at inappropriate times.
If either you or your loved one have been struck by a car while either walking or riding a bike, you may qualify to receive compensation to cover your medical bills, lost wages or other costs. A Houston car accident attorney can provide insight in your legal matter.
Source: Rice News, “Traffic-light-controlled intersections in Houston attract fatal accidents,” Amy McCaig, June 12, 2017