In Pittsburgh, news reports note that a taxi hit two pedestrians last month. One of the pedestrians unfortunately passed away as a result. According to reports of the accident, the taxi initially collided with another car before going onto the curb. It then hit the walkers as they were crossing the street. The accident caused a section of the city to close and many emergency responders quickly arrived at the scene. Sadly, this is a situation which likely could have been avoided if drivers had taken more care in the city steets.
Over the weekend, a woman in Pittsburgh was struck and killed by a shuttle bus as she was crossing the street. The accident, which occurred around 7:00AM on Saturday morning, happened while the woman was walking through a crosswalk. The area's Accident Investigators Unit is looking further into the case.
Recently, a young boy was a victim in a pedestrian accident in Westmont, PA. According to local news reports, the thirteen-year-old was trying to cross a street when he stepped out in front of a car and was hit. Accident reconstruction specialists were noted to be working at the scene to determine the specifics of the accident.
It's not so safe to be a pedestrian or bicyclist in our state sometimes. A review of recent PennDOT statistics shed light into just how many accidents occur on our state's roads and byways per year. Using statistics from 2014 accidents, our law office found the following information:
Our fingers are crossed for State College and the surrounding areas! According to a report from the Daily Collegian, the area is up for renewal for an official state "bike-friendly designation". Other officially designated bike-friendly communities in the state include Pittsburgh, Reading, and York. The State College area is hoping to obtain a silver-level designation, which would be an improvement from their current bronze level status. Within the article, it is stated that the community is on board with this idea, and even started a mandatory driver's education course at the State College Area High School that has extensive study on bike safety. Some businesses in the community have also reached bike-friendly status as well, and officially support this initiative.
Are you prepared and safe when it comes to Halloween festivities? According to many sources, Halloween is one of the deadliest nights of the year for pedestrian accidents, with children being the most at-risk group. How can you keep yourself and your children safe while trick-or-treating? Take a look at these tips:
So you've been in a bike crash. It's scary, disorienting, and you're not sure what to do next. What are some good steps to take post-crash? Take a look at these tips:
Unfortunately, The Post-Gazette recently ran a story about an area teen who was killed while he was walking home from his prom afterparty when he was killed by a driver. According to reports, the driver did not negotiate a curve properly and drove off the road, hitting and killing the young man who was walking home. Alcohol may have played a factor in this accident. The driver fled the scene and was later taken into custody.
- Always cross at crosswalks
- Carry flashlights
- Wear reflective clothing
- Avoid masks that limit vision
- Always keep your children in your line of vision
So, we know about car safety, bike safety, ATV safety, and motorcycle safety, but what about WALKING safety? Many of us take walking for granted as a safe, healthy, and cost-effective way to get from place to place. Unfortunately, many of us also practice some very unsafe habits that could lead us to getting seriously injured. The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) has taken pedestrian safety under their wing, since distracted drivers AND distracted pedestrians account for many person/vehicle collision, which no one wants to happen!