Earlier this month, a pedestrian was struck and killed on I-495. According to WHDH News Channel Seven, this Haverhill collision happened around 1:30 a.m. on Friday, November 8th. The roads had to be closed for hours while first responders cleared the scene. No information has been released on the cause of the crash, which is likely still under investigation. Additionally, there is no information on whether or not any arrests have been made.
Keeping pedestrians safe is an important part of ensuring roadway safety for the entire community. The citizens of Boston and surrounding Massachusetts areas know just how important it is to keep walking commuters safe. Accidents involving pedestrians can be catastrophic. Pedestrians don’t even have the added protection of safety gear like cyclists wear. They are incredibly vulnerable when walking around or near roadways and intersections.
2010 Pedestrian Injuries and Fatalities Facts
• On average, a pedestrian was killed every two hours and injured every eight minutes.
• 4,280 pedestrians were killed and 70,000 were injured.
• 2010 pedestrian deaths represented a four percent increase from 4,109 fatalities in 2009.
• Pedestrian deaths made up 13 percent of all traffic crash related deaths.
What Can Drivers Do?
Drivers need to exercise additional caution in areas with heavy foot traffic. It’s important to always give pedestrians the right of way. They don’t have the benefit of airbags and seat belts, so look out for them. With the colder weather approaching, it’s also a good idea to make sure all mirrors and windows are fog-free before beginning your early-morning commutes.
How Can Pedestrians Stay Safe?
Pedestrians can utilize a number of techniques to improve their personal safety when walking along roadways. First, they should try to wear bright clothing or use a reflective material on backpacks, bags or briefcases. Additionally, pedestrians should always be incredibly vigilant. It’s important to take inventory of one’s surroundings. Always use sidewalks, if they’re available. Also, try to cross at designated crosswalks, when you have the signal. Additionally, put away the smart phone. Distracted walkers aren’t paying attention to their surroundings. It’s also a good idea to save the ear buds for another time. Pay attention to the task of staying safe with all of your senses.
Injured pedestrians need to contact an experienced MA personal injury attorney as soon as possible. Victims may be facing extensive medical bills, lengthy hospital stays and missed work. An attorney can be a pedestrian’s advocate during his or her recovery. In most cases, the driver is at fault. A good attorney can also deal with a pushy insurance company. Insurance claims can be slow to pay out too, so it’s best to let an experienced car accident lawyer handle the case. If a pedestrian accident is fatal, it may be necessary to file a wrongful death lawsuit. An attorney can help you decide what the best course of action is for your particular situation.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a pedestrian versus car collision, contact the experienced lawyers at Altman & Altman, LLP for experienced representation. Although no amount of money can replace the love and companionship of a lost loved one, it can certainly help to pay the bills and get families back on their feet. The team at Altman & Altman, LLP sends their deepest condolences to the family members and friends of this victim.