Hey I’m Walking Here
When cars collide with pedestrians, there is high potential for serious injury. Pedestrian/motor vehicle accidents are a serious problem throughout our country. About 5,000 pedestrians are killed and another 64,000 are injured in car accidents every year in this country.
This problem is especially evident in Connecticut, in areas such as Fairfield County where large numbers of pedestrians have come in contact with an army of motor vehicles in areas such as Greenwich, New Canaan, Darien, Stamford and Norwalk. Usually these motor vehicle accidents result in personal injuries and brain injuries.
The following represents pedestrian accident statistics for the United States according to the National Highway Traffic Association and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
– Pedestrian fatalities account for 11 percent of motor vehicle fatalities.
– Over 180,000 pedestrians have been killed in motor vehicle accidents between 1975 and 2005.
– Pedestrians comprise the second largest category of motor vehicle accident deaths following occupant deaths.
– On average, a pedestrian is injured in a traffic accident every 8 minutes.
– On average, a pedestrian is killed in a traffic accident every 111 minutes.
– In 2005 a total of 4,881 pedestrian were killed in motor vehicle accidents.
– In 2005, the per capita pedestrian death rate was 1.6 per 100,000 people.
When crossing the street, you should know your rights. Generally, in a crosswalk , the pedestrian has the right of way. However, if there is a signal not to cross or a flashing walking signal, a vehicle may have the right of way. In 2007, the law in Connecticut changed slightly. In order for a pedestrian to establish his or her rights at the crosswalk, the pedestrian must step off the curb. Before 2007, the pedestrian needed only to approach the curb.
Connecticut General Statutes provide as follows:
“(c) Except as provided in subsection (c) of section 14-300c, at any crosswalk marked as provided in subsection (a) of this section or any unmarked crosswalk, provided such crosswalks are not controlled by police officers or traffic control signals, each operator of a vehicle shall grant the right-of-way, and slow or stop such vehicle if necessary to so grant the right-of-way, to any pedestrian crossing the roadway within such crosswalk, provided such pedestrian steps off the curb or into the crosswalk at the entrance to a crosswalk or is within that half of the roadway upon which such operator of a vehicle is traveling, or such pedestrian steps off the curb or into the crosswalk at the entrance to a crosswalk or is crossing the roadway within such crosswalk from that half of the roadway upon which such operator is not traveling. No operator of a vehicle approaching from the rear shall overtake and pass any vehicle, the operator of which has stopped at any crosswalk marked as provided in subsection (a) of this section or any unmarked crosswalk to permit a pedestrian to cross the roadway. The operator of any vehicle crossing a sidewalk shall yield the right-of-way to each pedestrian and all other traffic upon such sidewalk.”
If you are a pedestrian, or a member of your family is a pedestrian injured in an automobile accident, please consult our auto accident attorneys.
If you should suffer a brain injury as the result of a pedestrian motor vehicle accident please consult our car accident attorneys in Bridgeport, Stamford, Greenwich and Norwalk.