A Salt Lake City woman is in serious condition after being hit by a car while walking in a crosswalk in Salt Lake City, Utah. This Utah pedestrian accident happened near 200 South and 1300 East at around 6:40 p.m. on Thursday, December 4, 2009. Salt Lake City police Detective Dennis McGowan said the victim, a 38-year old woman, had just stepped into the crosswalk when she was hit by a Cadillac driven by a 68-year-old man. The woman’s name has not been released.
According to the Salt Lake Tribune, the woman was several feet into the crosswalk. She had stepped off the northeast corner, when the Cadillac that was headed northbound hit her. She had cuts on the back of her head and is listed in critical condition.
I wish this woman best and a full recovery from her accident.
As Utah motorists we have the responsibility to yield to pedestrians. This woman was crossing in a crosswalk, and although the article does not mention whether or not the woman had the okay to cross, drivers need to be especially careful around crosswalks. Whatever the situation, drivers should take all precautions necessary to avoid a pedestrian collision. In the cases where drivers do not do their part the prevent the accident, I offer these pedestrian safety tips:
Pedestrian Safety Tips
* Never assume drivers see you. Make eye contact with the driver before you walk in front of his or her vehicle.
* Look out for turning vehicles and don’t step out in front of vehicles that are to close or to heavy to stop in time. You may have the right of way, but remember that in a collision with 2,000 lb. plus automobile- the pedestrian always loses.
* Use the pedestrian push crosswalk button when one is provided.
* Wear reflective clothing or reflective shoes when you are out at night.
(courtesy of slcgov.com)
Ron Kramer is an injury an accident lawyer who has helped many Utah residents involved in pedestrian accidents.