Spring is here, and with it comes the reality that many more people will be out and about. With warmer weather, people start to take up the activities that they may have otherwise given up, like biking or walking for exercise.
Unfortunately, some of those people will end up being involved in pedestrian crashes. A report from March 5 points out how pedestrian collisions with fatalities are on the rise in Connecticut and around the rest of the United States. Why? One study suggests that distracted driving could be a factor. Additionally, vehicles today are heavier, so they’re more likely to cause fatal crashes.
The Governor’s Highway Safety Association has projected that the total pedestrian death toll for 2019 at 6,590. That total is higher than any other in the last 30 years. In Connecticut, the overall fatalities went up by four. Through the first half of 2018, there were 23 deaths. In the first half of 2019, that had risen to 27.
Pedestrian crashes and fatalities should concern you. While it’s not helpful to place blame, it is smart to know that the roads have become more dangerous. You can take precautions to stop accidents like these from happening. How?
One thing both drivers and pedestrians can do is to stop being so distracted. Turn off your music, put down your phone and avoid being distracted, so you can look at the world around you and recognize when there is a hazard or risky situation up ahead. Being aware of your surroundings could help you avoid getting hit or hitting another person. Prevention is the key to helping save more lives in Connecticut and throughout the rest of the nation.