Even if the volume of traffic in the Elm City has decreased, it is not surprising that there are still dangers lurking on the city’s streets. Take for instance the 31 year-old man who was hit by two vehicles on Ella T. Grasso Blvd. recently. Even when traffic volumes are down there are still chances for accidents to occur.
Here are a few things to keep in mind when you are walking through the city, even if the streets feel deserted.
- Continue to follow street signs and lights. While there is less traffic on the roads, there is still some traffic and if a car has a green light, it doesn’t matter how many vehicles are on the road, they have the right of way.
- Look twice. While you should always be aware of your surroundings, with fewer cars on the road it can be tempting to get lackadaisical when walking out into the middle of the street. Always look both ways, no matter how few cars on the road.
- Speeds may increase. Keep in mind that traffic has a tendency to slow cars down. With fewer cars on the road, those that are still traveling may be traveling at higher speeds.
- See a driver before you cross. When crossing the street in front of on-coming traffic you’ll want to make sure to make eye contact with the driver to ensure that he/she knows that you are entering the roadway.
Following these few simple steps are always a good way to stay safe and avoid a Connecticut pedestrian accident, but now it is more critical with fewer cars on the road to be vigilant about your duties as a pedestrian on the streets of New Haven.
If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of a pedestrian accident, contact our firm immediately and we will review your case.