A tactile warning system is a detectable warning surface built into or applied to certain walking surfaces or structures in order to warn blind and visually impaired pedestrians of potential hazards. These tactile warning systems often utilize truncated domes and are found outside of buildings and near curbs, ramps, and loading platforms. One of the most important areas at which these tactile warning systems are used is intersections. Continue reading to learn more about the importance of tactile warning systems in intersections and crosswalks.
How are tactile warning systems used?
The United States Access Board requires that detectable warning systems utilizing a tactile surface of truncated domes be located on all transitions to vehicle ways and open drop-offs at transit platforms. The Access Board has also proposed that these tactile warning systems be required at all curb ramps and blended transitions where there are otherwise no cues provided to individuals with visual disabilities. It is essential for intersections, curbs, and crosswalks to utilize truncated dome warning systems—especially in areas where auditory cues are not available—in order to keep visually impaired pedestrians free from injury.
Why are they so important to pedestrians?
Without an ADA-approved detectable warning system in place, visually impaired pedestrians are at an increased risk for a number of injuries, including slip and fall accidents and collisions involving cyclists and motorists. In the event that a pedestrian is injured due to the lack of ADA warning strips or truncated domes at an intersection, the city may be held responsible for compensating the injured party. Similarly, businesses without truncated domes or detectable warning systems notifying pedestrians of curbs and loading zones may be held legally and financially responsible for any injuries on the premises.
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