When a bike rider is struck by a driver of a motor vehicle, the police report and news articles may represent that the person riding the bike is responsible for being injured or killed…we need to change car culture. Can the US do it?
How We Talk About Drivers Hitting Cyclists
Joe Lindsey May 6, 2019
What the media gets wrong, and why, says a lot about how our society views vulnerable road users
It’s hard to say whether tensions between drivers and cyclists are worse than ever, or if it just seems that way because of social media. News stories often play a key role in shaping public understanding of traffic safety. And when news stories victim-blame or fail to convey the larger context in which these crashes take place, they do deep injustice to the victims and the conversation about road safety in general.
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“A middle-aged man was fatally struck by a truck.” If we read traffic crash reporting articles more critically, we can see a pattern. The report avoids naming the driver of the vehicle, or may not refer to any driver at all. Very often the incident is described in terms that presuppose innocence on the part of the driver, with built-in excuses such as, “it was dark and the pedestrian was not wearing reflective clothing.” This contributes to the worsening problem of traffic injuries and fatalities, and car culture: that roads were designed for and belong to cars.
When covering car crashes, be careful not to blame the victim
By Meg Dalton, APRIL 4, 2018
“She ran into traffic. He was wearing dark clothing. They didn’t use the crosswalk. In the aftermath of crashes between drivers and vulnerable road users, such as pedestrians and cyclists, there’s a tendency to blame the victim. It’s just one way the media fails to properly cover traffic collisions, according to a new report from MacEwan University”
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