Pedestrian AccidentLate-Night Pedestrian Accident in Idaho

A 24-year-old Boise woman was struck by a pickup truck early Saturday morning, just after midnight. It appears that she was walking in or near the crosswalk on Eagle Road, at the Riverside Drive intersection. She was wearing dark clothing, and it is unclear which direction the woman was walking when hit or if she had activated the crosswalk signal. They found her car parked not far from the intersection.

Witnesses called 911, and a passerby stopped to assist with first aid. The victim was transported to a local hospital where she was pronounced dead a short time later. The 42-year-old driver of the truck remained at the scene until police officers arrived. Investigators continue to look at the developing evidence and are waiting for toxicology reports.

This fatal crash is just the latest in the Eagle area after preventable auto accidents occurred three days in a row. Eagle Police have some advice for local drivers, “We are asking people to please slow down and pay close attention to the traffic around you. We can all help keep each other safe.” They’ve determined that all of the damage to cars, injuries to people, and delays to motorists were entirely preventable. View original news source: Deputies investigate deadly pickup vs pedestrian accident.

Related News: Preventable crashes on Highway 44 in Eagle for three straight days

Increased Odds for a Pedestrian Accident at Night

Walking is the most basic form of transportation. It is good for you and easy on the pocketbook. Between parking lots, everyday activities, and a healthful conscientiousness—everyone is a pedestrian sometimes! But there are times of the day when being on foot is most dangerous. Night time is when pedestrians are most vulnerable in their parallel commutes with fellow motorists.

Culprits for a Pedestrian Accident:

  1. Improper Lane Use: Don’t ride bicycles on sidewalks or drive vehicles in the wrong lane. Avoid areas without sidewalks or proper lighting.
  2. Unmarked Crosswalks: Using intersections that have signals greatly reduces the risk of colliding with fast-moving vehicles. Look once, look twice, and look again before crossing!
  3. Left-Hand Turns: The likelihood of a pedestrian accident are 3 times greater for vehicles making a left-hand turn.
  4. Electronics: Cellphones, music devices, headphones all take the eyes and ears off of oncoming traffic. Avoid them when traveling on foot.
  5. Quiet Cars: Newer and more efficient vehicles are harder to hear from a distance audibly. Look for lights. Keep eyes moving and looking for traffic from all directions.
  6. Dark Clothing: Nearly 50 percent of all pedestrian accidents happen on the weekends, and 70 percent occur at night. (Source). Plan ahead and be attentive to times and surroundings.
  7. Alcohol: Thirty-seven percent of fatally injured pedestrian have blood alcohol concentrations of at least 0.08 percent. By comparison, 13 percent of pedestrian accidents involve drunk drivers. (Source: IIHS-Highway Loss Data  Institute)
  8. Arterial Roads: Construction zones, inadequate signage or hazard markings create dangerous hot spots for pedestrian activities.
Pedestrian Accident

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Distracting Factors

If you must walk late at night, be smart in your activities. Plan ahead, limit distractions, and keep your eyes moving to help avoid a pedestrian accident.  Noted as possible reasons for pedestrian vs. vehicle mishaps, a poignant factor that may contribute to the rise in pedestrian deaths is distraction. “We are crazy distracted,” says Melody Geraci, deputy executive director of the Active Transportation Alliance, a Chicago group advocating for better walking, cycling, and public transportation options. “After speeding and the failure to yield, distractions are the number three cause [of pedestrian fatalities], particularly by electronic devices.” Distraction can be just as much a pedestrian safety issue as for a driver in a motor vehicle.

Geraci referred to another grim reason that accidents with pedestrians can be fatal-drivers going too fast. “Speed is a killer for sure. A pedestrian has a 10 percent chance of dying when struck at 20 miles an hour. They have an 80 percent chance of dying if struck at 40 miles an hour.”

Related: 2016 saw a record increase for pedestrian accident deaths.

Our Auto Accident and Pedestrian Accident Lawyers Are Here to Help

Like the important safety reminder from the Eagle Police Department, we can all slow down and pay closer attention to the traffic around us. It will improve our ability to mitigate the risks that come with nighttime driving.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident or were in a late-night pedestrian accident, call Fielding Law Group for a free consultation with an experienced personal injury professional today. We can help you recover and get back on your feet. Remember-Don’t let an accident wreck YOU!

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