A series of recent pedestrian collisions that led to injuries and one fatality have sparked concerns over pedestrian safety throughout Maryland.
Three pedestrian accidents took place in Silver Spring within the last few months:
A man was killed after being struck by a Honda Accord at the corner of Langley Drive and University Boulevard.
A teen sustained life threatening injuries when a hit and run driver collided with him as he was crossing Columbia Pike near Tech Road. The driver was later identified.
A woman was struck by a Ride On bus and suffered non-life-threatening injuries on Georgia Avenue.
Avoiding Pedestrian Collisions
Nationally, every 24 hours, 445 people are treated in the emergency room for traffic-related injuries. Every two hours, a pedestrian will likely be killed in a traffic crash.
With figures like these, pedestrians should take precautions before crossing roads, walking their children to school or going for a run. Small children, teens, young adults and older people are especially vulnerable to pedestrian accidents.
Here are eight tips for preventing pedestrian collisions:
- Cross streets at designated crosswalks and/or intersections.
- Wear reflective clothing to increase visibility in the dark.
- Carry a flashlight at night.
- Walk on a sidewalk whenever possible.
- Walk on the road shoulder facing traffic if there is no sidewalk.
- Teach your children pedestrian safety rules.
- Walk home with a trusted friend or family member if you have been drinking.
- Don’t look down at a phone when crossing.
If you have been injured in a pedestrian collision caused by a negligent driver, contact the personal injury attorneys at the law offices of Goldberg Finnegan for a free consultation to discuss you legal rights.