Oct 13 2022

Alarming Rise in Pedestrian Fatalities: How to Stay Safe

By KKC Personal Injury Attorneys / In General

Pedestrian fatalities on CT and roadways throughout the United States have increased over the past decade. Deaths of pedestrians and cyclists are at 30-year highs. Factors that were suggested to lead to the recent rise include:

  • Lack of safe road crossings for pedestrians (especially at night)
  • Unsafe driving behaviors (distracted driving due to smartphones)
  • Increasing numbers of larger and heavier cars on the roads
  • People driving at higher speeds
  • Rising gas prices causing more people to walk or choose greener transportation

Connecticut roads are far from the safest. From a lack of sidewalks and bike paths to poor maintenance, the state came in 13th in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's list of pedestrian fatality rates.

Who is Most Vulnerable to Pedestrian Accidents
Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that the following groups are most vulnerable to these types of accidents:

  • Adults ages 65 and older (20% of fatalities and 13% of injuries)
  • Children under the age of 15 (1 out of every 5 children killed in traffic accidents were under the age of 15 with the greatest risk landing on the 5-9 age range)

What Pedestrians Can Do to Protect Themselves
While the reported numbers are staggering, there are several things pedestrians can do to protect themselves on the road, including:

  • Be predictable and follow the rules of the road
  • Use sidewalks and cross at crosswalks
  • Walk facing traffic
  • Be alert and stay off the phone by the road
  • Cross in well-lit areas
  • Never assume a driver sees you
  • Be visible and wear bright or reflective clothing at night
  • Watch for cars exiting driveways or backing out of parking spots
  • Avoid walking near the road if impaired

What to Do When a Pedestrian Accident Occurs
If an accident involving a pedestrian does occur, here are some steps that should be taken:

  • Call the police right away
  • Never leave the scene before help arrives
  • Get names and numbers of any witnesses
  • Take pictures of the scene
  • Consider getting legal representation

Being involved in a pedestrian accident is a life-changing experience and could result in expensive medical treatments, long-term disability, time off of work, and reduced future employment options. Insurance companies might push back on accident claims and make it more difficult for victims to receive due compensation. Our Personal Injury Lawyers can help protect your rights and help you navigate the entire process.

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