Connecticut suffered 36 pedestrian fatalities in 2013 according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. However, the Governor's Highway Safety Association has recognized that this problem is not limited to Connecticut and has impacted the entire country. The GHSA represents state highway safety bureaus that operate programs to address highway safety issues such as passenger protection, impaired driving and speeding.
Pedestrian accidents have devastating effects and can be deadly. Connecticut suffered 36 car-versus-fatalities in 2012, according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. Injuries can also have life-time consequences, impact wage earning and require rehabilitation and medical treatment.
Pedestrian-versus-car accidents usually revolve around a negligent or reckless driver. However, a large intersection in Stamford illustrates that public infrastructure can play a dangerous role in pedestrian accidents.
Stepping onto a crosswalk, walking through a parking lot and even using a jogging path may pose serious and often fatal risks to Connecticut pedestrians from cars, trucks and bicycles. Defective traffic devices and improperly designed facilities such as sidewalks and roads may also cause injury or death.
A vehicle recently struck and killed a pedestrian as she walked in a crosswalk in Stamford. A member of the Connecticut Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Board visited the site of this fatal pedestrian accident and said that cars cannot stop in time because of the location of the crosswalk.
As traffic rushes by on a busy street, pedestrians walk alongside on sidewalks on to their destinations. Most of the time, vehicles and pedestrians do not cross paths in a negative way and everyone gets to where they're going without incident. Sometimes accidents happen when a pedestrian is struck by a vehicle. This was the case for a woman in Connecticut who was struck and killed by a vehicle in a pedestrian accident.
New Milford was the scene of a serious pedestrian accident earlier this week when a pedestrian was struck by a car traveling along Route 7. The early evening accident happened just after 5 p.m., but it is unknown just how dark it was. Witnesses have reported that drivers often speed on Route 7, which may have been the cause of this accident. Although it is unclear if the pedestrian was seriously injured, these kinds of accidents could mean serious disabilities, long-term injuries or death.
Accidents that involve pedestrians are usually somewhat ambiguous when it comes to determining who is at fault and whether the driver is liable to pay for the pedestrian's losses. Many pedestrian accidents in Connecticut and throughout the country involve young children running out into the street. In that case, the liability of the driver is usually extremely difficult to prove.