Distracted driving has gotten a ton of press lately, especially when drivers are distracted because they are talking or texting on their phones. However, research shows that pedestrians are also distracted as well, at an ever-increasing rate.
Walking to get from one place to another is an everyday part of life for most people in the state of Wisconsin. What few people likely think about is that under certain circumstances it can be dangerous. This is particularly true when motor vehicles are around. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association, close to 5,000 pedestrians lose their lives in auto-pedestrian accidents each year. In 2012, around 76,000 were hurt in accidents such as these.
In most cases parents and guardians want to do everything they can to keep their children safe. As a result, while with their kids most spend a lot of time trying to anticipate issues that could arise and keep them safe. Once children reach a certain age however, that is not practical and parents need to make sure their kids know how to act in certain situations.
There is no question that Halloween is a holiday enjoyed by people of all ages throughout the state of Wisconsin. Many children who are usually at home eating dinner or doing homework are thrilled by the prospect of being outside after dark, often running from house to house for free candy. While experiencing this thrill it is important that young people are also aware of their surroundings and follow traffic laws regarding when and where to cross streets. Doing so could result in fewer pedestrian accidents occurring.
Anywhere motor vehicles operate there is a risk of a collision occurring. While a collision may involve another vehicle, pedestrians, in the form of walkers and bicyclists, also need to be on alert. When a car or truck hits a pedestrian the injuries can be devastating. Depending on the circumstances they might even lead to death.
There is no question that most people would say that children are one of the greatest treasures in life. Accordingly, parents and caretakers go out of their way to make sure they are kept safe on a regular basis. Because it is impossible for a parent or caretaker to be with a child all of the time there are situations where one has to hope that either others will look out for their child or the lessons passed along to a child will stick. One of the situations where that could arise is when children are crossing the street.
A community in central Wisconsin is still reeling after the death of a 52-year-old woman whose life was cut short when she was hit by a drunk driver while out for a jog. Though the investigation is still ongoing, police have released the name of the man responsible for her death, and it's a name many residents were shocked to hear.
Police say that a 54-year-old Wisconsin woman was simply helping a friend on the side of the road when she was struck and killed by a passing motorist. Officers from the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department believe that she had been crossing the street when the accident occurred in the early morning hours, but say that there could have been another car that was involved in the accident as well.
Two elderly Wisconsin women probably consider themselves lucky to be alive this month after they were severely injured in an auto-pedestrian accident. As readers of our blog know, these accidents are usually incredibly serious and often times can lead to fatalities depending on the circumstances.
In July 2012, a then 17-year-old man struck and killed a 52-year-old man as he drove through Green Bay. For almost two months, police had no leads and no suspects and it seemed that the case would forever remain a mystery. But in a September blog post, we brought you an update after the brother of the driver urged the 17-year-old to come back to the United States after fleeing to Mexico.