Look Alive Campaign Aims to Reduce Pedestrian FatalitiesJune 26, 2019
In the state of Maryland, 133 pedestrians and six bicyclists were killed in car accidents last year alone. When a pedestrian or cyclist is involved in an accident with a motor vehicle, there is nothing protecting them from the impact of a 4,000-pound car or SUV. Even if the vehicle is traveling at a relatively low speed, the force of impact can cause serious or fatal injuries to the pedestrian or cyclist. To improve safety and significantly reduce the number of pedestrian and bicycle fatalities in the Baltimore area, safety officials launched the Look Alive campaign earlier this month.
The campaign brings together several components, including advertising, grassroots outreach, and media relations that will complement local and state government efforts to make streets and sidewalks safer for motorists, pedestrians, and bicyclists. According to the head of the operations support division of the Baltimore County Police Department, the Look Alive campaign will work in conjunction with the enhanced police effort dedicated to pedestrian traffic safety. For example, any driver who is speeding or fails to stop for pedestrians at a crosswalk will be ticketed.
As part of the campaign, safety officials will also be reminding pedestrians and bicyclists to be aware of their surroundings and obey traffic signals. Bicyclists should remember to stay in the designated bike lanes and use the appropriate hand signals when making a turn.
Changes in Roadways Cause Increased Pedestrian Accidents
According to the director of the State Highway Administration’s Office of Traffic Safety, there has been a rise in pedestrian accidents on high-capacity roads like York Road. As a result, many of these roads need to be resurfaced, which will include upgrading traffic signals, pavement markings, and sidewalks. Pedestrians also need to be educated about important safety issues and the steps to take to avoid serious injuries. The executive director of the Baltimore Metropolitan Council said that it is particularly important that pedestrians be as proactive as possible about staying safe because regardless of who is at fault for an accident, a pedestrian is likely to suffer the most severe injuries compared to a motorist. As more cyclists are out during the warmer months, it is the perfect time to prioritize safety and look out for each other, whether an individual is in a car, on a bike, or on foot.
Baltimore Car Accident Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Represent Victims of Pedestrian Accidents
If you or a loved one was seriously injured in a car accident, contact the Baltimore car accident lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton. Pedestrians are particularly vulnerable to life-threatening injuries if they are hit by a car. We will work tirelessly to ensure that you receive the maximum financial benefits you deserve, and that your legal rights are always protected. We will not stop fighting for you until justice has been served. To schedule a free, confidential consultation, call us today at 800-547-4LAW (4529) or contact us online.
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