Connecticut pedestrians are at appreciable risk of severe harm whenever they are in the presence of an automobile. However, national statistics indicate that pedestrian fatalities are decreasing in frequency, and the injury rate is dropping as well.
Two Burger King employees were struck by an SUV as they attempted to cross Route 7 in New Milford on Nov. 12. The incident happened around 6:30 p.m.
Many Connecticut motorists may exercise extra caution when driving in close proximity to large commercial vehicles, and statistics compiled and promulgated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration support that practice. Accident statistics from 1998 demonstrate that 98 percent of people who died in collisions between large trucks and passenger vehicles were occupants of the passenger vehicles.
An 18-year-old man who police say stopped to help a broken-down motorist in the southbound lanes of Interstate 95 in Stamford was killed on Nov. 1. According to police, the man was standing behind one of the cars that had pulled over to help the stalled vehicle after he and two other motorists stopped to help the car's occupants.
Pedestrian safety measures like medians and crossing islands can significantly reduce the number of pedestrian accidents in Connecticut. In fact, the Federal Highway Administration, which is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation, says that pedestrian islands may lower the number of pedestrian accidents in an area by 46 percent. These safety measures are good for car drivers too, as pedestrian islands are also thought to lower the number of motor vehicle accidents by 39 percent.
A 33-year-old man driving down Woodward Avenue in Norwalk on Oct. 24 struck three pedestrians at around 8:30 p.m. The driver then exited his car and fled on foot, according to the police.