A teenager in Norfolk, Virginia, died while riding a scooter across the street near his home. Witnesses say that the boy was attempting to cross the street around eight in the evening. A driver who was reportedly moving well in excess of the posted speed limit on the street hit the teen, and the teen was later pronounced dead on the scene.
There were no indications that alcohol was involved in the accident. No one has stated whether or not distracted driving was a factor. Area residents, however, expressed their anger at the city and the local police for not enforcing the posted speed limit. They say that speeders are common on their street, so a serious accident was probably only a matter of time.
If you're a pedestrian, you need to do everything you can to stay safe. You cannot trust drivers to observe speed limits and give you the right of way. Some of the most important safety habit pedestrians can follow include:
- Use designated crosswalks when crossing the street and wait for the light or signal to cross.
- Look both ways before crossing and try not to cross in an area that might be "blind" to drivers coming around a bend or over a hill.
- Increase your visibility by wearing bright or reflective clothing. At night, carry a flashlight or equip your bike or scooter with reflectors.
- Try to stay in well-lit, well-populated areas where drivers generally anticipate pedestrians.
- Don't be a distracted or drunk pedestrian. Distracted walking and inebriation are two factors that often lead to pedestrian deaths.
If you are injured in an accident with a car due to someone else's negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. In the tragic case mentioned above, speeding indicates negligence or recklessness on the part of the driver, which may make him or her liable for a wrongful death claim.