Tragedy struck in Raynham this past weekend when a 24-year old Norton man was struck and killed by a Taunton woman on Route-44 across from the Raynham IHOP restaurant. The victim was pronounced dead after being taken to Morton Hospital. Auto-pedestrian car accidents like this happen all year round throughout Massachusetts and Rhode Island, and leave the victim with severe catastrophic injury and in tragic cases like this…accidental death. High traffic areas like Route 44 in Raynham/Taunton, Kennedy Plaza in downtown Providence, as well as downtown New Bedford around Bristol Community College see a higher risk of auto-pedestrian and auto-bicycle car accidents due to an increased number of pedestrians combined with factors like distracted driving, driving under the influence of alcohol/cannabis and aggressive driving. Here are some tips/resolutions to help avoid auto-pedestrian car accidents and have a safe and happy new year in 2019.
Tips For Drivers To Avoid Auto-Pedestrian Accidents
When a pedestrian is struck by a car, there is a good chance they will suffer not only broken bones and concussions, but potentially life-changing injuries like traumatic brain injury (TBI), coma and paralysis. 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.
- Avoid Distracted driving – Many people cannot sit in traffic without grabbing their smartphone/mobile device to answer texts and emails, look at social media, or to try to multitask and take care of business. Please take care of all of your business before or after operating a motor vehicle. That moment that you look away could be deadly.
- Slow down – Many drivers drive through downtown areas, college campuses and even school zones without slowing down to the posted speed limit. When a driver is going too fast, it becomes more difficult to react or to come to a stop for pedestrians.
- Watch out for distracted walkers – When driving through pedestrian-heavy areas, understand that many younger people and students may be a bit more distracted than your average pedestrian.
Pedestrian Safety Tips
- Always use caution when crossing streets – Look left, right and then left again before stepping off of a curb to cross a street, and just because the “Walk” signal is illuminated does not mean the street is completely safe.
- Be aware / Drop the distraction – Smartphones and headphones should be put down when walking in public, especially when crossing the street. Distracted walking can be just as dangerous as distracted driving. If you need to answer a text or make a phone call, pause and step to the side to finish your business.
- Stick to the sidewalks – Use sidewalks when they are available, and try to walk facing traffic as far to the left side as possible when there are no sidewalks.
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 the negligence of a distracted driver, 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.