Pedestrian Dead After Hit By Car
Tuesday morning a young man was killed after a car hit him as he crossed the street.
The 25-year-old was crossing the street around 5 a.m. at 100 South and 400 East. Authorities said that he was wearing dark clothing.
The victim was in a crosswalk but he was crossing against the light, according to police.
The vehicle that hit him was heading north and was driven by a 26-year-old man.
Salt Lake police Sgt. Mike Hamideh said that the 25-year-old died at the scene.
Police believe that he might have been wearing headphones as he crossed the street.
When you are a pedestrian there are risk factors that are not always anticipated. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety have released many fact sheets on pedestrian crashes.
According to these fact sheets, in 2009, 69% of pedestrians that were killed that year were males.
The same sheets revealed that nearly 70% of all pedestrian fatalities occurred at times of limited light, which translates into limited visibility.
Pedestrian deaths are a serious problem. According to walkinginfo.org, pedestrian deaths account for 11% of motor vehicle deaths.
The months of September through January “have the highest number of nationwide pedestrian fatalities, with typically fewer daylight hours and more inclement weather.”
When you are a pedestrian during times of decreased visibility the risks of being hit by a motor vehicle are much higher. Sometimes no matter how cautious you are, you cannot prevent an accident from occurring. There are still ways you can protect yourself in this situation. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, the pedestrian accident attorneys at the Christensen Law Firm can help. Call us today at 801-506-0800 to find out what options are available to you.