Dartmouth Accident Highlights Pedestrian Dangers

A Dartmouth, Massachusetts accident last night reminds us about the increased dangers that pedestrians face on the roadways during the summer season. #Dartmouth.

Auditi Guha (@AuditiG_SCT) of SouthCoastToday.com “tweeted” and reported that two women were injured after a car hit a pedestrian and crashed into a tree on Russells Mills Road outside Dartmouth High School on Tuesday evening.  According to Guha, police confirmed that the driver of a black Toyota struck an older woman who was walking along Russells Mills Road. The driver then crashed into a tree on the side of the road while traveling towards Bakerville Road.  Both women were taken to the hospital.

7 Tips That Could Save Your Life

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2010, 4,280 pedestrians were killed and an estimated 70,000 were injured in traffic crashes in the United States. On average, a pedestrian was killed every two hours and injured every eight minutes in traffic crashes.

Here are 7 tips for pedestrian safety in and around Dartmouth and New Bedford that could save your life:

  1. Make yourself more visible to drivers especially during early morning and early evening hours by wearing bright or reflective clothing or carry a flashlight.
  2. Always walk on the sidewalk and when no sidewalk is present, walk facing oncoming traffic.
  3. Use crosswalks and try to cross at intersections, not in the middle of the street at an unmarked place.
  4. Stand clear of buses, parked cars, hedges, fences or any object that can block a driver from seeing you.
  5. Watch out for cars turning onto the street you’re crossing; be sure the driver sees you and stops before you walk.
  6. If there is a traffic signal controlling the intersection, obey the “walk/don’t walk” signals.
  7. While it sounds obvious, ALWAYS, ALWAYS look left, then right and look left again.

While it is true that a pedestrian generally has the “right of way” under the rules of the road, never assume that the driver of a car or truck knows that and will obey that rule when you are crossing. When in doubt, play it safe and remember these 7 safety tips. Your life may depend upon it.

If you’d like to learn more about your rights as a pedestrian and would like to speak with a lawyer, just contact us – we want to hear your story.

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