A person walking on the road is vulnerable to accidents. Although motor vehicle drivers are supposed to watch out for pedestrians, sometimes negligent actions by a driver may cause an accident. Connecticut residents must be aware of pedestrian accidents that take place while using a crosswalk or walking in a parking lot. Recently, a person was hit in a crosswalk by a pickup truck.
Most individuals cross the street within a crosswalk because that is the designated safe area for walkers to enter traffic. Even pedestrians walking through parking lots are finding themselves involved in dangerous collisions with vehicles. It is important for pedestrians to be vigilant when crossing roadways or busy traffic areas, even the most careful can be susceptible to vehicle accidents.
Last weekend, a 16-year-old hit and killed a runner while she was using her cellphone while driving. She has now been charged with using a handheld phone while driving under age 18 and homicide with a motor vehicle, as well as driving outside of the proper lane of traffic.
Connecticut is an excellent place for walkers and cyclists; however, it can also be a dangerous place. In the spring, the number of walkers and bicyclists increase, and so do the number of car accidents between motorists and pedestrians or cyclists. Connecticut authorities would like to reduce the number of tragedies on our roads. They are asking motorists to keep a watchful eye for cyclists and pedestrians.
Research from the Tri-State Transportation Campaign shows that the most dangerous roads for pedestrians in Connecticut are U.S. 5 (four pedestrian deaths between 2008 and 2010) and the Boston Post Road (seven deaths). According to the study, the largest number of fatal pedestrian accidents occurred in East Hartford and Westport.