Tuesday night, a man was killed when he was struck by a vehicle on I-15. The man was running across the southbound lanes of I-15 near 200 North in Kaysville. According to Highway Patrol Lt. Todd Royce, the pedestrian was struck and killed on impact around 10:13 p.m. According to an article featured in the Deseret News, authorities are still investigating why the man was crossing I-15. Although we do not have all of the information in this incident, we would like to give some general recommendations so that an accident like this doesn’t happen again. The recommendations in this article are not intended to apply to this specific case.
This tragic accident is one of a string of pedestrian accidents wherein a person has tried to cross the freeway in Utah. While we do not know the motivation of the individuals in their attempts to cross the highway, there is hardly ever a legitimate reason for doing so. It can endanger your life and the lives of those driving on the freeway. This caution is especially true during night hours simply because it becomes far more difficult for drivers to see you. Majority of pedestrian accidents happen during darker hours in Utah.
In recent years there has been a string of videos uploaded to youtube wherein people run across the freeway on a dare. Such behavior should be avoided. The prestige and commendation that will result from such a dare will never be worth it. The stakes are just too high. The faster the speed of the vehicle, the higher the likelihood that a pedestrian will be severely injured. Even a busy road should be crossed only at a crosswalk. Especially at night. You should also increase your visibility at night by using a flashlight when you are walking and wear reflective clothing.
Naturally, a pedestrian accident can happen anywhere, but certain areas are more prone to pedestrian accidents than others. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), most pedestrian deaths occur at night in an urban area that is not an intersection. The accident described above qualifies in all of these categories. Doing your best to avoid many common pitfalls (crossing at a crosswalk, wearing reflective apparel, carrying a flashlight, and avoiding some distractions such as cell phones while crossing) can also aid in preventing a pedestrian accident. Unfortunately, there is never a one hundred percent guarantee in pedestrian accident prevention if you are out walking. For example, you cannot control other people’s actions like drunk driving or falling asleep at the wheel. However, following some of the tips mentioned above can greatly reduce your chances of being the victim of a pedestrian accident.
As we mentioned in an article from last week, any pedestrian accident is a tragedy, and appropriate measures should be taken to avoid them. If you, or someone you love, were the victim of a pedestrian accident, call The Advocates. Pedestrian accidents can be very complicated and stressful. However, this stressful worry does not have to overwhelm you. With an attorney on your side, you can be sure that your attorney is making the right decisions on your behalf that are in your best interest.