There was an early morning auto-pedestrian car accident which killed a 59 year old New Bedford man this week. The fatal accident occurred at 5:00am Monday morning at the corner of Purchase St. and Weld St. and is being investigated as a hit and run car accident, possibly involving a stolen vehicle. The details are still coming out as the New Bedford Police continue their investigation. This sad news is yet another tragic reminder of the dangers that motor vehicles can pose to pedestrians on our city streets.
As more and more people multitask behind the wheel, we continue to see an increase in pedestrians and bicycles being struck by distracted drivers throughout Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Main roads like Route 44 from Raynham/Taunton to East Providence, Bald Hill Road (Rt. 2) in Warwick, and Plymouth Ave. (Rt. 81) in Fall River see a great deal of automobile traffic and pedestrian traffic crossing paths every day. When a pedestrian is struck by a car, there is a very good chance they will suffer severe and catastrophic injury and all too often accidental death. It cannot be said enough, it is the driver’s “duty of care” to avoid habits like distracted driving to help assure the safety of pedestrians, bicyclists and other drivers.
What Is The Driver’s Duty of Care?
As a licensed operator of a motor vehicle in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, we accept the legal responsibility to always exercise reasonable care in everything we do while behind the wheel. 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. Here are some examples of driver negligence:
- 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 open a food wrapper or look at a text or post, a pedestrian or bicycle 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.
D+Z: Experienced Auto-Pedestrian Car Accident Attorneys In Massachusetts & Rhode Island
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. Dussault & Zatir P.C. has lawyers on call at +1-800-542-4LAW to answer your personal injury questions. With offices in New Bedford, Fall River and Taunton, Massachusetts, as well as an office in Providence, Rhode Island, if you’ve been injured, our lawyers are here to fight for you.
*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.