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Pedestrians and laws concerning right of way

Walking along the street on a sidewalk s generally a nice, enjoyable, and safe activity for Connecticut residents. Unfortunately, this can all change when a pedestrian seeks to cross the road. Whether it is in a controlled or uncontrolled crosswalk, pedestrians are afforded the right-of-way at certain times. When motorists fail to stop or yield to a pedestrian, a serious or fatal pedestrian accident can result

What is a driver's duty of care around pedestrians?


Most days, motorists in Connecticut encounter pedestrians. This could occur on a city street, in a residential area, or in a parking lot. While it is commonplace to see people traveling by foot, motorists are not always prepared for a pedestrian to cross in front of their vehicle. Nonetheless, there is a certain expectation that a motorist drives safely enough and pays enough attention to avoid colliding with pedestrians who may be in their vicinity. This refers to the duty of care that a driver has while operating a motor vehicle.

Helping recover compensation following a pedestrian accident


No one expects to be involved in an accident. It can be even more shocking and unexpected when an individual suffers severe injuries in a wreck caused by a negligent or reckless driver. In a car accident, victims can suffer serious and traumatic injuries, but the severity of these injuries can increase exponentially in an accident involving a pedestrian and a motor vehicle. Although motorists are taught to drive safely around pedestrians, and rules and regulations have been passed to reduce these collisions, this does not always prevent pedestrian accidents.

Manchester woman struck by driver while crossing the road


Motorists are held to a high standard when driving in areas where pedestrians frequent. Motorists not only have a duty to drive safely, but also to yield to pedestrians crossing the road. The failure to do so could result in a serious pedestrian accident.

Pedestrian fatality in hit-an-run accident in Greenwich


Traveling by foot is not uncommon for Connecticut residents. In fact, many prefer walking or running in order to spend time outside and add more exercise to their life. No matter the reason a person is walking on a sidewalk or on the side of the road, the reality is that most pedestrians walk near motor vehicle traffic. This can pose some serious risks, especially if a driver is not attentive or isn't following the rules of the road.

Proving fault and cause in a pedestrian accident


Connecticut residents will often travel by foot to get to their destinations. This might be on a city sidewalk, in residential area, a park or even a parking lot. However, no matter where pedestrians are traveling, they are usually walking near automobile traffic. Even though there are mechanisms to reduce pedestrian accidents from occurring, these unfortunate collisions can occur, usually due to negligence.

Understanding the seriousness of pedestrian accidents


While winter is still making an appearance across the nation, residents in Connecticut and elsewhere have experienced sure signs that spring is coming. As a result, more and more people tend to spend time outside whenever they can. But whether it is a cold winter day or a humid summer afternoon, many people rely on their own two feet as a form of transportation. Because of that, pedestrians are seen year round on city sidewalks, shopping centers, parking lots and residential areas.

Protecting your rights in a pedestrian accident


There are many reasons and situations for Connecticut residents to travel by foot. Whether they are walking on a city sidewalk, taking a stroll in a park or residential area, walking in a parking lot or traveling in a crosswalk, it is fairly common to be a pedestrian in the state no matter what time of year it is. Although many pedestrians walk in areas where motor vehicle frequent, pedestrians are afforded rights. While driving laws work to protect pedestrians and increase their safety, some drivers unfortunately do not follow these rules. Such a situation results in serious and even fatal pedestrian accidents.

Pedestrian accidents continue to increase in Connecticut


Crossing the street should be completely safe. Yet, distracted, drunk, and otherwise negligent drivers can make this simple task deadly. In fact, statistics show that Connecticut saw more than 50 pedestrian deaths in 2016, the most the state has seen since 1995. Even these numbers may be lower than they should be, though, as police departments may not be made aware that pedestrians later succumb to their injuries at the hospital. This discrepancy is enough to give rise to further concerns, as it appears that the state doesn't even know how big of a problem pedestrian accidents are for Connecticut residents.

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