November 01, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- Tragic I-40 accident shows the danger to people who step outside their vehicles
Most pedestrian accidents involve people walking down the sidewalk or crossing an intersection. It's common for people to get out and enjoy the fresh air at this time of year, meaning that drivers will have to be especially careful to avoid hitting a pedestrian
. While pedestrians face danger at crosswalks or walking down the street, many people may not think of the danger that they can face if they exit their car on a busy highway for any reason. These areas are not marked by crosswalks and they rarely have sidewalks, so drivers won't be expecting to encounter someone on foot.
On Interstate 40 near Albuquerque last August, a 19-year-old man driving a minivan hit another vehicle and pulled over to the side of the road. As he stepped out to talk with the driver of the other car, a semi-truck hit the man and killed him, says KRQE News 13.
Conditions that make it difficult to see a pedestrian
Certain road conditions, such as highways where pedestrians aren't expected, can make it especially dangerous for people on foot. Darkness and bad weather also create dangerous conditions for pedestrians. Some vehicle manufacturers are working on technology that can detect a person in the road when the driver can't see them, says USA Today. For example, BMW is perfecting its "Night Vision" system, which warns the driver if a person is in the roadway after dark, and stops the vehicle. While these advances in technology may save lives, the majority of the responsibility still falls to the driver to drive safely.
Esurance advises drivers that even when there are no marked crosswalks, pedestrians have the right of way in most cases. And any intersection, even unmarked ones, must be treated as a crosswalk. These laws exist to protect people from getting hurt, as well as to give drivers a clear understanding of their responsibilities.
Getting help from an attorney
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were 33 pedestrians killed in New Mexico in 2010. The Centers for Disease Control estimate that nationwide, there is one pedestrian injury every eight minutes. Most people who regularly go for walks understand and abide by safety rules, but it isn't always possible to prevent an accident. If you or a family member has been hit by a car
, you may be facing overwhelming medical bills. You have rights, which can include being compensated for your losses. It's important to contact an experienced personal injury attorney to discuss your options.
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