In 2016, it seemed like there were reports of pedestrians being hit by cars every week. In data released by the Governors Highway Safety Association, pedestrian deaths rose 33% in 2016 from 2015. Between January and June 2016, 28 pedestrians were killed on Connecticut roads. For the same period of time in 2015, 21 pedestrians were killed.
The GHSA cites increased smartphone usage distracting both motor vehicle operators and pedestrians, as well as lower gas prices and more people walking.
Both motorists and pedestrians have a responsibility to stay safe on the roads. Here are a few things both can do:
- Obey all posted signage, lights, and traffic laws.
- Stay alert whether behind the wheel or on the sidewalk.
- Keep your phone in your pocket or purse when traveling to avoid distraction.
If you were injured in a New Haven pedestrian accident, contact our office for a free consultation. Our experienced team of New Haven personal injury attorneys will help you with your claim.