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Pedestrian Accidents Archives

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.

Pedestrian accidents are far too common

Despite the seemingly never-ending increase in car ownership, many Connecticut residents continue to find themselves walking, jogging and biking on the state's roadways. Whether walking to one's car after shopping, taking a jog after a hard day of work or enjoying a weekend bike ride with family and friends, these individuals are at risk of harm. No matter have safe they are while near busy roads, an errant driver can take them by surprise and cause an injurious or fatal accident in the blink of an eye. Due to the lack of safety implements utilized by pedestrians, these individuals often suffer extensive harm that can ripple through their physical well-being to their emotional health and financial stability.

Connecticut pedestrian accident leaves victim hospitalized

Connecticut pedestrians are in close proximity to moving motor vehicles on a daily basis. Whether one is walking on a sidewalk, getting into a parked car on the street or crossing the street, pedestrians put a lot of trust in drivers. These individuals hope motorists are paying attention, following the laws, and putting pedestrian safety first. Tragically, though, this is not always the case.

Bill would help protect pedestrians and cyclists

For several years, pedestrian and bike advocacy group in Connecticut have sought new laws to increase financial penalties for reckless drivers who cause pedestrian accidents and collide with cyclists. Earlier this month, this measure advanced through the General Assembly when the Transportation Committee approved a bill raising penalties who do not exercise due care in avoiding a crash with a pedestrian or cyclist.

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