A study in the USA found that the fatality rate for people using wheelchairs when crossing roads is 36% higher than for regular pedestrians.
While it is clear that crosswalks must be suitably designed for disabled users, it is equally essential that drivers are always prepared to make it safe for such individuals to cross. Unfortunately, however, far too many drivers are oblivious to the things that require their attention.
The article linked below makes many relevant points but one which demands focus is the fact that tall-fronted vehicles such as SUVs, pick-up trucks and larger trucks and buses may make the situation even more dangerous for wheelchair users by making them less visible to the driver.
Read the full piece from Streetsblog.
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