New Year’s Eve 2019 was recently celebrated throughout the world — but the family of a Richmond woman spent the first day of the new year in mourning. The 27-year-old woman apparently exited a sports utility vehicle after an argument with its driver and was immediately struck and killed by a passing vehicle on Interstate 64.
The accident is still under investigation and both the driver of the SUV and the passenger car are cooperating with the police. It’s uncertain whether or not alcohol was involved.
Pedestrian safety is something that too many people take for granted — not realizing just how hard it can be for drivers to respond in time when someone steps in front of them. The results are often tragic — and avoidable. Here are some of the most important things pedestrians need to keep in mind:
- Predictability is the key to safety. Use sidewalks and crosswalks whenever available. Never jaywalk or try to rush through traffic.
- Eye contact can save your life. Drivers can sometimes be in a haze. Catching a driver’s eye before you step into the street can make sure that the driver is conscious of your presence and stops.
- Bright clothing helps keep you safer. Especially at night, bright clothing and reflective gear can help a driver spot you from afar and slow down or stop in time to prevent an accident.
- Alcohol, drugs and distractions are deadly for pedestrians. Drugged or drunk walking can cause you to make poor safety choices — and staring at your cellphone or listening to music can leave you unaware of the hazards around you.
Many pedestrian accidents are caused by negligent drivers. If you or your loved one is hit by a motor vehicle, find out more about your potential right to compensation.