As the fall season starts this year and Halloween comes closer, there are more pedestrians as well as more drivers on our roads.
There have been multiple hit-and-run accidents this year in our area, including the tragic death of 25-year-old Ammad Brown, who was hit and killed by a vehicle last month in Carolina Beach.
The Wilmington Police Department (WPD), as well as other local authorities, urges pedestrians to be extra cautious and mindful of the laws, especially considering that traffic has the right of way if a pedestrian is crossing the street mid-block.
Authorities say that following these pedestrian safety tips could save lives:
- If there is no sidewalk, walk facing traffic and as far from traffic as possible.
- When possible, cross the street at a designated crosswalk.
- Always look both ways before crossing the street.
- Look for cars in all directions, including those turning right or left.
- Never assume a driver sees you. Make eye contact with drivers as they approach you to make sure you are seen.
- Walk on sidewalks whenever they are available.
- Wear bright clothing during the day and wear reflective materials or use a flashlight at night.
Another extremely common cause of car accidents is distracted driving. Distracted driving includes texting, eating, or simply not paying attention to their surroundings while operating a motor vehicle. It only takes a moment of distraction for a possibly life-changing accident to occur. Take a second to think before texting while driving, or being distracted in another way – it could be what it takes to save a life! However, eliminating distractions while driving is only half the battle when considering being a safe driver – you have to also be aware of other driver’s movements and anticipate possible traffic violations, such as an unsafe lane change, or failure to stop for a stop sign or red light.
If you or a loved one is seriously injured in an accident, as a result of someone else’s fault or negligence, we can help you get maximum compensation (money damages) for your pain and suffering, medical bills, and lost wages.
If you are charged with any type of crime in Southeastern North Carolina, in or around Wilmington NC in New Hanover County, Brunswick County, or Pender County, call Collins Law Firm at 910-793-9000 for a confidential consultation about what we can do to help you.
By Karen M. Thompson, Paralegal