Transportation officials from Washington, D.C. and Maryland held a demonstration to show how dangerous it is to speed through areas with lots of pedestrian traffic.
The officials blocked off a street, set up a dummy at the end of the street and simulated different scenarios that could lead to pedestrian accidents. When going the posted speed of 25 mph, the test car came to a stop a safe distance from the dummy. When speeding at 35 mph, as most cars do in that neighborhood, the car slammed into the dummy and dislocated its head.
Trauma surgeon Jack Sava of the Washington Hospital Center said that accidents like these typically lead to traumatic brain injuries. He and the other officials hoped that a visual demonstration of these accidents would inspire residents to slow down in residential areas.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) published a report on pedestrian accidents and identified several trends for those most at risk of accidents. The report found that:
We hope this presentation inspired residents to think twice about speeding: just a few miles over the speed limit could mean the difference between life and death. If you lost a loved one in a pedestrian accident, please contact our Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C. injury attorneys to schedule a free consultation. Our Washington, D.C. number is (202) 659-5500