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.
A recent pedestrian fatality in New Haven has raised concerns over the state and local governments' ability to safeguard pedestrians. Proposed legislation and safety regulations to prevent pedestrian accidents have received new attention.
Impaired driving is a fatal threat to pedestrians. In Connecticut and throughout the United States, according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, 48 percent of all pedestrian fatalities involved a drunk driver or pedestrian in 2011. Connecticut suffered 36 pedestrian fatalities by all causes in 2012, according to the NHTSA. The NHTSA also found that drunk driving accidents caused 85 deaths in the state for that year.
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.
According to a witness, a car that came out of nowhere struck and killed a 49-year-old Wallingford man who was crossing a road in New Haven on June 24. The motorist fled from the scene of the accident.
Vehicle-versus-pedestrian accidents are an all too common danger in this country and in Connecticut. Drivers sometimes fail to pay enough attention to others on the road, and people can get hurt. A chilling example occurred during a pedestrian accident in Newington on June 3.
Connecticut pedestrians and bicyclists have no protection against vehicles. This disparity was strikingly obvious in an April 27 bicyclist fatality.
Pedestrians are virtually unprotected against the size and force of vehicles. A fatal pedestrian accident in Preston, Connecticut on April 20, 2013 leading to the death of a U.S. Navy sailor waiting for a taxi is a vivid illustration of the lethal combination of impaired driving and pedestrians.