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Serious accidents up for Washington bicyclists and pedestrians

Pedestrian and bicyclist safety has been getting more attention here in Washington in recent years. However, such individuals still encounter plenty of dangers out on the state’s roads.

Unfortunately, it appears that it has recently become more common for pedestrians and bicyclists to face serious accidents here in Washington. Statistics indicate that there was a substantial uptick in such incidents between 2013 and 2017.

From calls to collisions: Why can't we put down the phone?

We've all seen the safety campaigns, read about a tragic news story or witnessed an incident. We know texting and driving is dangerous and yet each year the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that every day, more than 1,000 people are injured and nine people are killed as a result of this negligent act. So why do we keep doing it?

In order to answer this question, we have to consider two key pieces of neurobiology at work here. The first is the chemical response that occurs in our brains every time we hear an alert on our phones. The second piece is how we assess risk in our day-to-day lives. While these two pieces are by no means an excuse for negligence, they do offer a glimpse into "the why" we do things, which could go a long way to helping people truly stop texting and driving.

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