On December 6, two female Elon University students were hit while attempting to cross the street near campus. Both women were transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. While it is important for pedestrians to be aware of cars, drivers also need to be on the alert for pedestrians who may cross in front of them. Here are some times when you should be especially diligent about watching for pedestrians:
While elementary and secondary schools often have school zones, where the speed limit is reduced during specific times, this is not the case near colleges and universities. College and university students, much like younger students, sometimes are not as diligent about watching for vehicles as they should be. Plus, college students sometimes deal with the distraction of walking while talking on their phones. No matter the age of the students, be aware of pedestrians, especially distracted-looking ones, near schools.
When driving in a residential area, particularly an area where young children often play, be aware of pedestrians who may dart in front of your vehicle. Children playing with balls, rough housing, or weaving as they run are among the most likely to cause concern for drivers.
During snow, rain, fog, or other weather which limits your visibility or makes the roads slick, make sure you are watching carefully for pedestrians. If the weather is bad, it may be hard for them to see you. A pedestrian may be in a rush to get home to avoid getting too wet or too cold and may not be paying as much attention as normal. If roads are slick, stopping might be more difficult and may take longer.
On narrow roads, watch for pedestrians walking along the shoulder of the street. To avoid hitting them, you may need to drive closer to the center of the road when traveling along narrow roads.
If you are a pedestrian who was injured by a distracted driver or if you were otherwise injured by an inattentive driver, contact us. Our personal injury lawyers will discuss the specifics of your case with you.