Clarksburg, WV- What you see in the above video happens every day. Pedestrians are in danger any time they walk among vehicles, whether they are large trucks, cars, motorcycles and even atvs. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration compiles statistics that show that more than 5,000 pedestrians are killed and many more thousands injured in accidents involving motor vehicles each year. We see it in the news all the time. In fact, just this past week, a pedestrian was hit on the side of the road in Preston County and the driver ended up fleeing the scene. Walking on streets and in parking lots can be very dangerous, especially during the winter when snow and ice add to the equation.
But don’t pedestrians have the right of way? Yes, pedestrians have the right of way when it comes to traffic regulations. There are some instances where pedestrians are prohibited, including interstate berms. However, who has the right of way does not necessarily prevent drivers from ignoring those that are walking among them. Distracted driving is one of the most prevalent causes of accidents in our state. In most instances, distracted drivers are those that end up hitting pedestrians, whether in a parking lot or crossing through an intersection. Depending on the speed of the vehicle during impact, getting hit by a car can be devastating.
In order to make sure you are not a victim of a distracted driver, it is important that you pay attention to your surroundings. There are some local retail locations and strip malls that have no separate walking space for pedestrians that are entering and exiting their stores. In some circumstances, you walk right out into the middle of a major parking lot artery. Remember that you do have the right of way and in most instances, vehicles will stop for you, however there is always that one driver that is to distracted by a cell phone to notice that someone may be attempting to cross the road.
If you or someone you love has been injured walking in a parking lot or has been struck by a car crossing the street, do not hesitate to contact our office for the information you need to ensure that you are treated fairly by the insurance company.