Distracted drivers are the leading cause of auto-bicycle and auto-pedestrian accidents in Massachusetts and Rhode Island cities like New Bedford, Fall River and Providence. Getting struck by a car while walking will most likely leave the victim with serious catastrophic personal injury, and in some cases wrongful death, leaving the surviving family members to pick up the pieces. It’s important for pedestrians, bicyclists and drivers to know what to look out for.
Warmer weather means there will be more bicycles and pedestrians around downtown intersections like Union St. and Purchase St. between Bristol Community College and The Green Bean Cafe in New Bedford. Most of the time when a bicyclist or pedestrian is struck by a car, it is due to the driver’s negligence. The most common factors contributing to driver negligence are:
- Distracted driving
- Failing to yield to pedestrians at crosswalks
- Disobeying traffic signals or signs
- Failing to use directionals
- Disregarding poor weather or traffic conditions
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
Tips for Drivers to Help Prevent Auto-Bicycle & Auto-Pedestrian Accidents
- Always follow posted speed limits, especially in areas of heavy pedestrian traffic. This is more important in areas that have lower speed limits, such as school zones and neighborhood streets where pedestrians are likely to appear.
- Overall visibility is limited in worse weather conditions and poorly lit areas. Not only is it harder for drivers to see oncoming pedestrians, it also is difficult for pedestrians to see vehicles. Keep your lights are on and use your signals properly. be extra cautious in these circumstances.
- Watch out for pedestrians when pulling into and out of driveways – especially if you are backing out. Pedestrians can easily enter your path without your knowledge.
- Always yield to pedestrians in a crosswalk. Allow enough room between your vehicle and the crosswalk so other drivers can see the pedestrians you have stopped for.
Drop the Distraction!
Distracted driving is a leading cause of car accidents in general, and pedestrian and bicycle accidents are no exception. In the quick moment that you look down to check a text, a person could appear in front of your vehicle. Wait until you get to your destination to take care of texting, emails, eating, etc…
Contact An Experienced New Bedford Auto-Pedestrian Accident Attorney
If you or a loved one have been the victim of any type of an auto-bicycle accident or auto-pedestrian accident due to a distracted driver’s negligence, make sure to talk to one of our experienced attorneys. We’ll help you to get the settlement that you deserve.
*The above is not to be considered as legal advice. Every case is different and the laws which apply may differ from state to state.