Hartford County most dangerous for pedestrians in Connecticut

Pedestrians in Hartford County should be especially careful when on the road.

As the weather begins to warm, many Connecticut residents will choose to enjoy the pleasant temperatures by heading outdoors for a walk. According to a new study, those in Hartford County should be particularly cautious when traveling on foot.

The report - issued by the Tri-State Transportation Campaign - found that Hartford County had the most pedestrian deaths of any county in the state from 2011 to 2013. In all, 28 pedestrians died in collisions with motor vehicles during that period. In all, almost 100 pedestrians died on Connecticut's roads from 2011 to 2013, according to the report.

According to the state director of AARP Connecticut, those most at risk of being involved in a pedestrian accident in Connecticut are seniors - adults aged 60 and above. In total, one out of every three pedestrian fatalities in the state involves an older resident.

In addition to older pedestrians, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that young children are also at a high risk of being involved in a pedestrian accident. According to the CDC, one out of every four fatal pedestrian accidents involves a child aged 14 and below.

Tips for Connecticut pedestrians to stay safe

In many cases, motorists are to blame for the serious - and often fatal - pedestrian accidents that take place in Connecticut. The frequency of distracted and impaired drivers places pedestrians across the state at risk.

Nevertheless, pedestrians can take some precautions to help avoid a dangerous collision with a motor vehicle. For instance, pedestrians should always try to cross the road in a marked crosswalk. In addition, pedestrians should travel on the sidewalk, when one is available. If sidewalks are not present, pedestrians should walk toward oncoming traffic on the side of the road.

It is important for pedestrians to be as visible as possible when traveling near vehicles. When walking at night, pedestrians should wear clothing with reflective panels. The CDC also recommends bringing a flashlight when traveling by foot when it is dark outside.

Talk to a personal injury attorney after a pedestrian accident

The injuries suffered by pedestrians who are hit by motor vehicles are typically severe, requiring extensive medical care accompanied by significant bills. If you or someone you love has been involved in a pedestrian accident in Connecticut, you need a skilled legal professional to advocate on your behalf. Consider seeking the counsel of a knowledgeable personal injury lawyer to discuss obtaining compensation to cover the damage done in the collision.

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