1 Killed, 1 Injured In Pedestrian Accident
Ideally, cars and people would peacefully coexist on roadways, but that does not always happen. Anytime a person goes out onto a roadway, they risk a pedestrian accident. This is especially true in areas where drivers are not typically looking for pedestrians.
This recently happened in Pasco County. A woman was killed and her son was seriously injured after getting hit by a car. The fatal accident occurred on the evening of September 30 on State Road 52 in Hudson.
A 33-year-old woman and her 15-year-old son were walking across State Road 52. A vehicle was traveling on eastbound State Road 52, near Ridgedale Drive. Both were hit by the vehicle.
The woman and her son were taken to a local hospital for medical treatment. The woman later died from her injuries. The boy is in serious condition. The driver, a 27-year-old man, was not injured. The eastbound lanes of State Road 52 were closed during the investigation but later reopened.
What Causes Pedestrian Accidents?
No two pedestrian crashes are alike. These accidents can be caused by a variety of factors, such as:
- Drivers and pedestrians can be impaired, but intoxicated drivers are more common. Still, being impaired by alcohol and drugs can affect safe driving and walking. A driver may swerve into another lane or stop too late. A pedestrian may cross the road when they shouldn’t. These acts can lead to an accident.
- Both drivers and pedestrians should refrain from recklessness. A driver who speeds, fails to follow traffic rules, or disregards pedestrians can cause a serious accident. Pedestrians should also avoid reckless behavior. They should not cross streets without using crosswalks or cross the street when the light is not green.
- Both drivers and pedestrians may engage in behavior that can cause them to take their eyes off the road. Common distractions include cell phone use,eating, and dealing with children.
- Drivers who are impatient may speed or swerve around pedestrians who are crossing the street. Pedestrians can be impatient, too, and may try to cross the street where and when they do not have permission to do so.
- Wearing dark clothes. When pedestrians wear dark clothes at night and are on or near the road, drivers may not be able to see them until it is too late. Seeing a pedestrian at night is difficult if they are in dark clothes.
Seek Help for Your Personal Injury Case
A person can be hit by a car at any time. Drivers may be negligent in a number of ways, and if they are not paying attention, they can easily hit a pedestrian.
Contact a Dade City & Zephyrhills auto accident attorney from Madonna Law Group for help dealing with a car crash. We have the resources and the years of legal experience to pursue maximum compensation for victims of a car accident. To schedule a consultation, fill out the online form or call (800) 557-0411.