Two young girls were hit by a car around 6:40 p.m. on Sunday evening. The accident occurred at a crosswalk at 3420 W. 7000 S. in West Jordan. According to West Jordan Sgt. J.C. Holt, it was dark and the girls were wearing dark colors making it difficult for the driver to see and avoid them as reported by the Deseret News. Police said the light that usually illuminates the crosswalk was out. The injuries the girls sustained were not life-threatening, and they were transported to a hospital. Another girl who was walking with the girls was uninjured. According to 2News, the female who hit the girls had slowed down before she hit the teens. Our hearts go out to the girls involved in the accident. We hope the girls are able to make a speedy recovery.
Recently, Utah has experienced a number of unfortunate pedestrian accidents. For instance, last week, we featured an article about a woman in Kearns who was fatally hit by a school bus. In these types of accidents between car and human, the pedestrian is bound to lose because of the lack of protections. In a special report by the Deseret News about pedestrian accidents, the number of pedestrian crashes has continued to rise for the past few years because more and more people are active in Utah. According to the Governors Highway Safety Association, warmer weather with a shorter winter increases the number of people that will try to reap the health benefits of being outdoors. This phenomenon could certainly apply this year as the warmer weather has encouraged more and more people to be outside.
Utah statutes concerning pedestrians and drivers place responsibility on both groups. Pedestrians must wait on the sides of the road before entering the crosswalk until the road is safe to cross. Similarly, the driver of a car, even if they have the right-of-way, never has the right to strike a pedestrian. Drivers also must always yield to pedestrians who are in a crosswalk. In the special report on pedestrian accidents mentioned earlier, the author points out; pedestrians sometimes count on having the right of way. However, this is not enough to keep pedestrians safe. Pedestrians still must remain vigilant when it comes to crossing on and walking near busy roads.
We encourage both drivers and pedestrians to be cautious while driving and while crossing the street. Both groups have to do their part to ensure safety and avoidance of serious accidents. If you have any questions regarding pedestrian accidents, we encourage you to contact a lawyer at The Advocates. We can help you wade through the difficult questions that often accompany a pedestrian accident.