As the sunshine melts away the quarantine blues, more people are outside and enjoying the fresh air. Hustling streets and energetic downtowns are providing a needed boost to the economy, but also creating an unsuspecting danger to pedestrians.
In 2018, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that 6,283 pedestrians were killed in traffic crashes. That’s one pedestrian every 84 minutes.
Pedestrian-involved crashes can happen to anyone at any time, and it’s crucial that both pedestrians and drivers stay vigilant to avoid potential hazards. This article will explain the myths and tips you need to know to drive with caution and walk with confidence.
>Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, stay-at-home orders and social distancing recommendations were implemented in Connecticut from March 2020 and extend until mid-July 2020. It’s easy to overlook the impact of motor vehicle accidents, with more people staying home and off the road.
While the total number of pedestrian-involved crashes has reduced compared to this time last year, the percentage that has occurred out of all motor vehicle crashes has increased.
According to the Connecticut Crash Data Repository, 619 pedestrian-involved crashes occurred from January 2019 to June 2019, which is 1.38% of all crashes reported. This year, they make up 1.46% of all crashes reported. 430 pedestrian accidents have occurred between January 2020 and June 2020, with 19 crashes causing fatal injuries.
Even if there is a crosswalk and pedestrians have the right-of-way, doesn’t mean it’s safe to cross. Visual obstructions such as trees, signs, and other vehicles can hinder a driver’s perspective. Drivers may not be able to see the pedestrian soon enough to yield, or worse, the driver may be distracted altogether. 33% of pedestrian-involved crashes from January 2020 to June 2020 occurred between the hours of 8 PM and 8 AM. Reflective clothing and a flashlight can increase the chance of a pedestrian being seen and potentially avoid this hazard.
These tips are great steps to be safer on the road and help pedestrians walk with confidence. When it comes to pedestrian safety, the NHTSA and National Safety Council are excellent resources to further explore and understand what you can do to be prepared.
Pedestrian safety is a two-way street! Drivers must stay vigilant to help keep our roads and walkways safe.
At The Flood Law Firm, we know that pedestrian-related accidents can be difficult. If you or a loved one have been injured by a careless or distracted driver, please contact our firm to learn more about your family’s legal options at (860) 346-2695.