When someone is walking near the road, on a sidewalk or wherever they have the right of way, the hope is that drivers will pay attention and yield. Unfortunately, some drivers don't yield to pedestrians who have the right of way, leading to serious crashes that result in severe injuries and death.
In early 2020, it was shown that there has been a rise in pedestrian fatalities in Connecticut. As a result, the state legislators began advocating for a new bill, House Bill 5324, which is meant to help reduce the number of pedestrian accidents by increasing fines against drivers using mobile phones or devices while driving. The legislation is also supposed to help with improving crosswalk safety, which is essential to preventing accidents.
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.
Car crashes can be very serious, especially when there are pedestrians involved. Take for example this case in which three people were injured after a car collided with a group of pedestrians.
You and your friends were excited to have an afternoon to spend with one another. You were all heading to a park for a picnic and to play some outdoor sports. It was supposed to be a great afternoon.
When you enter a crosswalk and have a WALK signal, you're in the right. You have the right of way and should not have to worry about being struck. Vehicles approaching should slow and stop, and drivers shouldn't continue on until they see that you've safely crossed the road.
Pedestrian crashes can take the lives of pedestrians in a second. If a pedestrian is knocked down, they could be run over. If they go up over the vehicle, they could be hit by other drivers after falling onto the roadway. There are many hazards, and no crash is without risk.
Drivers in Connecticut and across the United States need to be aware of pedestrians that are crossing the street. Though pedestrians typically have the right of way when crossing the road, many vehicles do not stop to allow them to cross. A new study finds that this may be especially true for those who drive expensive vehicles.
When pedestrians have been unexpectedly struck and harmed they may be left facing physical, financial and emotional damages and wonder what they can do. Legal protections for pedestrian accident victims are important for victims and their families to thoroughly understand so they can call on them if they need to after they have been harmed in a pedestrian accident.
Now that summer is in full swing in Connecticut, people may have noticed there are more pedestrians on the road. Children are on summer break and may be riding their bikes or walking to a friend's house or to a playground. People may be taking advantage of the pleasant weather to take a walk or go jogging. And sometimes its simply easier to go somewhere on foot, rather than having to deal with congested traffic.