Drivers have to be cautious about approaching crosswalks. Most drivers look for people walking or jogging through a crosswalk, but they may not spot a pedestrian in a wheelchair or one using other adaptive devices, including canes, walkers and scooters.
On New Year’s Day, a man in Warwick was struck while trying to cross the intersection of Post Road and Fisher Avenue in his wheelchair. Fortunately, the police report says that the victim’s injuries were not life-threatening, but the incident highlights the problems that mobility-impaired pedestrians have trying to navigate crosswalks safely.
Driver responsibility is the key to pedestrian safety
It is a driver’s responsibility to stop before the crosswalk and to make sure they do not strike any pedestrian that’s present. That includes watching for pedestrians who may not be at the same height as others due to the use of a mobility scooter or wheelchair. It also means giving those who are on walkers and canes more space and time to make their way to safety.
Far too many drivers rush through intersections without paying enough attention to who might be there. Some are distracted. Some are in a hurry. Many are simply negligent.
When you’re injured by a driver’s mistake, it’s important to get medical care as soon as possible. You should also remember that you have rights as the victim of a serious crash. You may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, your lost wages, your pain and suffering and more. An experienced attorney can protect your interests against the insurance company involved and make sure that you get the compensation you deserve.