A man was killed after being hit by a car as he attempted to walk across I-15. According to KSL News, at about 12:45 a.m. Sunday morning, the man was driving a Chevy Uplander in St. George. According to the Utah Highway Patrol (UHP), the man lost control, rolled his vehicle, and crashed. The UHP officers are still investigating how the man lost control of the car. After the crash, the man exited the vehicle and began to walk on the north shoulder of the highway. The man tried to cross the freeway from the east to west sides when a Nissan Sentra struck the man as it was traveling south. The man was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. The driver of the Sentra sustained minor injuries. According to UHP officials, the man is from Mexico and does not have family in the state. The man’s name has not been released because officials are still trying to notify his friends and family members.
Our hearts go out to the man’s family and friends. No death is ever acceptable on Utah roads and highways. Therefore, in this article, we will explore ways to prevent something similar from happening again. These tips are not meant to attribute fault to anyone involved in the example shared above or say that these tips could have entirely prevented the accident described above. In reality, we do not have enough information to make any conjectures about what happened or what should have happened. We just don’t have all the facts. Instead, this article is meant to help better inform drivers and help keep everyone safe generally.
- If you are ever involved in an accident, avoid leaving the scene of the crash. If you have a cell phone, try to call the police and stay on the scene. If you do not have a cell phone, carefully exit your car and try to flag someone down and see if they have a cell phone. Do not assume that someone saw the accident and has called the police.
- Following the accident, turn on your hazard lights and pull your vehicle to the side of the road as safely as you can.
- If you have to exit your vehicle, be sure to check for oncoming traffic. Do not put yourself at even greater risk by exiting your car only to be put yourself in harm’s way.
- Exchange information with the other driver. For example, take a picture of their insurance information, license plate, etc.
- Don’t just take down their name and number. Although we hope people are trustworthy, there are times when people will give a false name and number.
- Take a picture of the damage to your vehicle, as well as the conditions under which it happened. For instance, if it is snowing, take a picture of the amount of snow on the road, the amount of snow on your car, etc.
Pedestrian accidents are always horrible. They affect so many Utahns every year. The list above is not meant to be exhaustive; instead, we encourage drivers to use reason given their unique circumstances. We hope that by providing some of these tips, we can help some people avoid a potentially devastating situation.