School is back in session, and with the new school year brings more hazards to travelers. A recent pedestrian accident outside of a Connecticut college prompted authorities to consider what safety changes can be made to make the crosswalk area safer for walkers and drivers. The most recent incident is just one of several accidents that have occurred in the area over the last six years.
A student at Western Connecticut State University was struck by a car while he was in the crosswalk. The driver reported not seeing the crosswalk lights being lit, and she struck the individual as he walked through the pedestrian area. Both the driver and the struck person remained at the scene following the crash, and the victim was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
This particular crosswalk has a history of accidents, with at least one person losing his life as a result of being hit by a car. The city and the college have worked together to create a safer space for all, including an overhead bridge, lights and signage. The most recent incident has them taking about what more they can offer in terms of safety.
Luckily, for this victim of the pedestrian accident, he will not lose his life. The driver was cited for failing to stop for a pedestrian in the crosswalk, so it is likely that the walker may be able to seek awards for his injuries. Other Connecticut residents facing similar situations may choose to consult with a personal injury attorney for an evaluation of their unique case. A personal injury attorney can help with claims for injury, and pain and suffering.
Source: newstimes.com, "WCSU police: Student struck by car on White Street", Dirk Perrefort, Aug. 30, 2017