Woman Killed In Multi-Vehicle Pedestrian Crash
Drivers need to be aware of the fact that pedestrians may be on the roadways. However, motorists do not usually expect to find people walking on busy freeways. It does happen, though, and the results can be disastrous and even deadly.
Sadly, this was recently the case in Pasco County. A 31-year-old woman was killed after three cars hit her while she was walking across US-41. The fatal accident occurred on the evening of November 9.
A Toyota RAV4 was traveling southbound on US-41, near Hale Road. A 50-year-old Brooksville man was driving the SUV. Then there was a second vehicle, a Lexus ES sedan, driven by a 59-year-old woman from Land O’ Lakes. She was heading south on US-41, behind the RAV4.
That was when a 31-year-old woman from Land O’ Lakes was walking across the highway. She entered the path of the oncoming vehicles. She was hit by both vehicles as well as a third vehicle, which fled the accident scene. The make and model of the vehicle are unknown.
The pedestrian died at the accident scene. The occupants of both vehicles were not injured in the crash.
Pedestrian Safety Tips
Contrary to popular belief, pedestrians do not always have the right of way. They should not cross a highway and expect vehicles to come to a stop, especially when vehicles are traveling at speeds exceeding 70 miles per hour or more. Here are some tips to stay safe:
- Follow the rules of the road. Make sure to obey all traffic signs and signals.
- Walk on sidewalks when available. If there is no sidewalk, walk facing traffic and as far away from traffic as possible.
- Cross streets at crosswalks or intersections. Look for cars in all directions.
- Avoid walking along freeways and trying to cross them. Cars are moving at such fast speeds that it is hard to predict when you can safely cross.
- Watch for cars entering or exiting driveways. Always look for vehicles backing up in parking lots, as they can’t always see pedestrians.
- Avoid alcohol and drugs when walking. You could still get into an accident, as they impair your abilities and judgment.
- Stay alert. Avoid listening to music, which can be distracting. Your eyes and ears should be focused on your surroundings at all times, especially when crossing roads.
- Make yourself visible, especially at night and in the early morning, when it is dark. Wear light, reflective clothing and carry a flashlight.
Seek Help for Your Car Accident Case
There are a lot of hazards on the roadways. Cars can collide with objects at any time, including pedestrians.
Involved in a crash? Get the legal help you need by contacting a Dade City & Zephyrhills auto accident attorney from Madonna Law Group. We will provide you with personalized attention while we aggressively pursue full compensation for your losses. Schedule a free consultation today by calling (800) 557-0411 or filling out the online form.