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Tips for drivers on how to avoid pedestrian accidents this winter


Posted on behalf of Michael D'Amico of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on Nov 21, 2014 in Pedestrian Accidents

With colder temperatures taking over much of the country it is only a matter of time before snow makes its way to the Watertown area of Connecticut. In our last post we focused on things that pedestrians can do to keep themselves safer as they navigate their community on foot. In this post we will provide tips for motorists that could help to prevent pedestrian accidents.

The first thing motorists can do to try to reduce the risk of an accident occurring is to drive at an appropriate speed. While at times that might be the speed posted, other times it may be even slower. Staying in one’s designated lane is important as is paying attention when passing other vehicles that are stopped and may have people around them.

When approaching a corner paying close attention to the piles of snow to make sure that they are not obscuring a person is a good idea. Being sure to stop for pedestrians in the crosswalk, which is necessary even when snow is not present, is also important.

When pedestrians are hit by cars the aftermath can be devastating for the person who is struck. The lack of the protection a pedestrian has in these situations can leave them with catastrophic injuries. In the worst cases death is the end result. When a pedestrian is hurt after being hit by a car a personal injury lawsuit could be appropriate. When the person struck dies, a lawsuit for that wrongful death could be filed by his or her estate as well.

Source: Fairfax County Virginia, “Pedestrian Safety -- Winter Preparedness Tips" Accessed Nov. 20, 2014