Each year when summer hits, tourists and locals flock to the beaches and historic sites all around South Coast Massachusetts and Rhode Island. This means that there are far more pedestrians out and about around places like New Bedford’s historic downtown and waterfront, which opens up the potential for an increase in auto-pedestrian accidents. When a pedestrian is struck by a car, chances are that they will come away with severe and catastrophic injury. Busy areas like Downcity Providence, Route 6 in Seekonk, and North Main St. in downtown Fall River see a marked boost in pedestrians and bicycles being struck by distracted drivers during these warmer months. It is the driver’s “duty of care” to drive safely and avoid habits like distracted driving to help assure the safety of pedestrians and others.
Drivers’ Duty of Care
When a driver passes their test and gets their driver’s license they accept the legal responsibility to always exercise reasonable care in everything they do while behind the wheel, to avoid harming or injuring others on the road. When a driver’s failure to do so results in a car accident, motorcycle accidents, auto-bicycle accident, or auto-pedestrian accident, it is known as negligence. The biggest examples of driver negligence are:
- Distracted Driving – Distracted driving is a leading cause of auto-pedestrian accidents all over Massachusetts and Rhode Island. In the quick moment that a driver looks down to take a bite of their sandwich or check a text, a person could appear in front of their vehicle with no time to react.
- Failure To Yield To Pedestrian At Crosswalk – While using a crosswalk will decrease the chance of being hit by a car, it is always important to make sure that a driver is yielding. It is all too common for a driver to be focused on other vehicles while making a right on red.
- Left-Hand Turn At Intersections – Statistics show that three times as many pedestrians will be hit by vehicles turning left than by those turning right due to both parties looking in different directions. A driver will likely pay more attention to the intersection, while most pedestrians will be looking straight.
- Drunk/Drugged Driving – Operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol, drugs, and certain prescription medications will greatly impair the driver’s judgement and reaction time. They may not even see the pedestrian in the crosswalk until it’s too late.
Contact An Experienced Massachusetts & Rhode Island Auto-Pedestrian Accident Attorney
If you or a loved one have been the victim of any type of a pedestrian accident due to a distracted driver’s negligence, make sure to speak with 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.