Pedestrians and Vehicles Are a Dangerous Combination In Bad Weather

When a pedestrian is struck by a car, chances are that they will come away with severe if not catastrophic injuries, and all too often the result is accidental death. It is the driver’s “duty of care” to use extra caution when driving in winter weather conditions, and to avoid habits like distracted driving to help assure the safety of pedestrians and others.  During winter weather months in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, factors like icy roads, un-shoveled sidewalks and bad visibility inevitably lead to an increase in auto-pedestrian accidents in busy areas like Downtown New Bedfordthe Green in downtown Taunton and Downcity Providence. 

Tips For Drivers To Help Prevent Winter Auto-Pedestrian Accidents

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 accident, auto-bicycle accident, or auto-pedestrian accident, it is known as negligence. Here are some tips to help to avoid winter weather auto-pedestrian accidents:

  • Avoid Distracted Driving – Distracted driving is a leading cause of auto-pedestrian accidents all over Massachusetts and Rhode Island and the danger multiplies when driving in snowy and icy conditions. 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.
  • Slow down – Factors like snowy, icy roads, and poor visibility can greatly impair a drivers ability to react and also increase the amount of time it takes to come to a stop when necessary. The best defense is to adjust your speed to accommodate these factors.
  • Yield to pedestrians in the road  – Winter walking can be difficult for pedestrians navigating untreated or un-shoveled sidewalks, which forces them to occasionally have to resort to walking in the street. Take note and be prepared.
  • Always avoid Drunk/Drugged Driving – Operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol, drugs, and cannabis/THC products will greatly impair the driver’s judgement and reaction time. Whether it’s winter or summer avoid this! It could save a pedestrian’s life. 

Winter Safety Tips For Pedestrians

Navigating snowy, icy sidewalks can be a treacherous challenge for walkers young and old. Pedestrians should practice safer walking habits during winter as well. Here are some safety tips to help pedestrians to avoid being struck by a car:

  • Avoid distracted walking, talking, texting, messaging, etc..
  • Wear bright and/or reflective clothes to make you visible to drivers.
  • Wear proper winter footwear with good grips to reduce your chances of slipping and falling.
  • Don’t rush, take slower steps when walking on snowy or icy parts of the ground.
  • Always cross the street at marked intersections or areas with crosswalks.
  • Whenever possible, make eye contact with drivers before crossing the street.
  • If you need to walk in the street, walk in the direction facing traffic, stay aware of all vehicles and remain as close to the curb as possible.

D+Z: Experienced Car Accident Attorneys In Massachusetts & Rhode Island

If you or a family member have been left with injuries after an auto-pedestrian accident, please contact us to speak with an experienced attorney. Dussault & Zatir P.C. has lawyers on call at +1-800-542-4LAW to answer your personal injury questions.  With offices in New BedfordFall River and Taunton, Massachusetts, as well as an office in Providence, Rhode Islandif you’ve been injured, our lawyers are here to fight for you.

The Law Offices of Dussault & Zatir

*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.

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