Originally Posted by Scary Des
Ooooops sorry wrong link try this
To quote from this site; “We do not doubt the claim of the proportions of deaths at various impact speeds."
What this site disputes (and I agree has merit) is the assertion that a car travelling at 40mph will hit a pedestrian at 40mph without taking any avoiding action. As it tries to illustrate (although their maths is flawed) the effects of an attentive driver Vs an inattentive or inexperienced driver has a greater effect than two equally attentive/experienced drivers travelling at different speeds. I agree with them on this point (and of course here we can bring in the mobile phone argument, hands free or otherwise).
The information on fatality rates is interesting (IMHO) because of the significant rise in probability of fatality between a 20mph collision and a 30mph or 40mph collision, hence my reason for posting.
An interesting (
) fact from this site I haven't seen before is that "the West Midlands Accident Review has it that in 61% of cases the pedestrian simply stepped, walked or ran from the foot path". Reinforces the industry view that separation of car and pedestrian is the only safe system!!
Sorry to all of you bored with this debate
Big, bouncy tubes - that's the answer!