New Ferndale WA Driver Has Pedal Error Accident
According to Ferndale Police, a driver with a newly received learners permit had a pedal error accident in an apartment complex the morning of September, 22, 2018. The driver was pulling into a parking space but when it was time to brake, pressed the gas pedal instead. This caused the car to lurch forward, collide with a parked car and jump the curb. The car came to a stop when it crashed into the front wall of the apartment building; leaving a hole about 2-foot by 3-foot.
New Ferndale WA driver has gas pedal accident
Whatcom County Fire District 7 employees responded to the scene but they determined that there were no injuries or damage to the electrical or gas system at the apartment building. There was however damage to the two vehicles and the wall. The driver was not cited because the accident happened on private property.
Cause of pedal error accidents
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). “pedal error” is the cause of 16,000 preventable accidents each year.
Mostly we hear about gas pedal accidents when someone crashes into a building, a power pole or gas meter. The drivers most likely to commit gas pedal accidents are young drivers and the elderly. This makes sense when you think about it; inexperience and confusion are the biggest reasons that a person mistakes the brake for the gas pedal.
How to prevent pedal error accidents
The NHTSA recommends the following tips to prevent gas pedal accidents:
- Set your seat, mirror and steering wheel into a comfortable position. Double check the location and feel of the gas and brake pedals before turning on a car you’re unfamiliar with.
- Aim your foot for the middle part of the brake pedal so you don’t accidentally hit the gas pedal at the same time.
- No matter how fast you are travelling; stay focused on the task of driving. Avoid distractions such as eating, reaching for items and using your cell phone.
- Be extra careful when pulling in or out of a parking spot as this is the time drivers are most likely to make a pedal error.
- Wear safe shoes when driving; flat soles and light weight shoes are ideal. Heavy boots, high heels and flip flops all increase the risk of pedal error crashes.
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