When pedestrians are on or near the roads, the truth is that they could be at risk of being hit by a car. Drivers aren’t always being cautious enough, and they could make mistakes that lead to collisions.
That’s possibly what happened in this case when a 28-year-old woman was heading east on Elm Street. She collided with a 53-year-old man who was walking north at the intersection of Temple and Elm Street.
It’s not clear why the driver didn’t notice the man in the intersection or if she suffered any injuries herself, but the man passed away after the crash.
While the investigation in this case is still ongoing, it’s important to have a moment to talk about what drivers can do to be safer around pedestrians. They should remember to:
- Yield to pedestrians who are in crosswalks
- Slow down when approaching intersections
- Stop before making a right-hand turn on red
- Pay attention to the road to prevent crashes that result from others’ errors
If drivers do end up involved in a crash with pedestrians, the best thing to do is to stay at the scene and attempt to render aid. Call 911 and let the authorities know that a pedestrian has been hit. If they are able to move to a safe place off the roadway, assist them in doing so. Otherwise, staying with the pedestrian is helpful while waiting for help.
Crashes like this are bound to happen once in a while, but both pedestrians and drivers can help prevent them by paying attention and avoiding distractions.