Cherry blossoms are blooming, kids are on break and Northern Virginia residents who have been cooped up over the winter are coming out of hibernation. These are all good things, but the resurgence of mild weather and active men, women and children also presents at least one concern.
During the spring more so than in the winter, motor vehicles and pedestrians regularly share the roadways. Biking and walking outdoors make for good exercise, happy family times and even saved money for those who commute to work by foot or bicycle. This list of pedestrian pros, however, is offset when so many pedestrian accidents occur every year.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that 5,376 people were killed in pedestrian accidents in 2015. Pedestrian fatality rates have increased in recent years, while other traffic-fatality rates have improved. For legislators and authorities, this trend means that community and legal improvements are needed to create safer roads for pedestrians.
For the rest of the community, the current reality of pedestrian dangers means that they may become crash victims or that they need to improve their driving habits. Careless driving is a common root of pedestrian accidents. Drivers who speed, fail to yield properly, drive while drunk, drugged, fatigued or distracted all contribute to the tragic rate of pedestrian lives lost in Fairfax and surrounding areas each year.
Various parties will get involved following a pedestrian accident: law enforcement, insurance companies and attorneys for the driver who is responsible for the crash. If you are the victim of a pedestrian accident or the loved one of someone who was killed in a crash, do not give into the temptation to simply talk to anyone.
Save your talking for someone whom you can and should trust, like an experienced personal injury attorney who will fight for the justice you deserve. No matter what season, if a pedestrian is hurt by a careless driver, it is the season to try to hold a negligent driver accountable.