In early November, a female pedestrian suffered life-threating injuries following collision with a motor vehicle on North First Avenue. According to the Tucson Police Department, the driver didn’t see the pedestrian in the crosswalk when he pulled out to turn. Unfortunately, this accident illustrates common dangers that pedestrians face, even while using a crosswalk.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, pedestrians more than 65 years of age accounted for 20 percent of pedestrian deaths in 2012. However, children are also at risk as one in five children between the ages of five and 15 who suffered a fatal traffic accident were pedestrians. The majority of fatal pedestrian accidents occurred at night in urban areas away from intersections.
Even though drivers are responsible for watching out for pedestrians, it’s a good idea for pedestrians to increase their visibility. At night, pedestrians can carry a flashlight and wear retro-reflective clothing. Even though it is significantly safer to use a sidewalk, one may not always be available. If there is no sidewalk, pedestrians should walk on the shoulder facing traffic. It’s also important for pedestrians to use a designated crosswalk or intersection crossing whenever possible.
Safety for children
Children are especially at-risk for suffering a pedestrian accident, so it’s important for parents to discuss safe walking techniques. At an early age, parents can teach their kids to put away their electronic devices while walking and look both ways before crossing the street. In addition, parents can teach their children to make eye contact with drivers before stepping onto the crosswalk. As a general rule, children under 10 years of age should walk with an adult. Even though every child develops differently, most children have difficulty judging speed and distance of cars until they reach age 10.
If you or a loved one has suffered a pedestrian accident in Tucson, contact Hameroff Law Group at (520) 792-4700 or (888) 792-4700. Our Tucson personal injury attorneys provide honest answers and caring support. We also offer a free consultation with an experienced personal injury attorney in Tucson.