Pedestrian Killed in Kansas City Wrong-Way Accident
A Kansas City man was killed on Sunday after being struck by a car traveling the wrong way on a one-way street.
Officials say the fatal accident happened just after 4 p.m. on July 19, 2015, at the intersection of 34th Street and Prospect Avenue.
According to authorities, a Chevrolet Impala was traveling westbound on 34th Street when it ran a stop sign and crashed into a Hyundai traveling southbound.
The impact of the crash pushed the Impala onto the sidewalk on the west side of the intersection where it collided with the victim. He was taken to the hospital and pronounced dead – the passengers and drivers of the vehicles were also taken to the hospital with minor injuries. Officials say everyone in the Hyundai was wearing a seatbelt, however, the driver of the Impala was not.
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Pedestrians are a high-risk group because they are completely exposed and have no protection if a two-ton vehicle comes their way.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) states that the number of pedestrian fatalities in the U.S. is the only group that increased in 2011 to 4,432 deaths. As a result, the administration offers the following tips to keep pedestrians safe:
- Make sure you can seen by wearing bright-colored or reflective clothing
- Understand the rules, such as walking on the sidewalk, looking left-right-left-behind for traffic before crossing, and only cross traffic at marked pedestrian crosswalks
- Do not assume that others see you - and do not step into the road until a driver has stopped and you know that they see you
- Walk defensively by staying alert and giving drivers time to slow down or stop
Practicing these safety techniques as a pedestrian can increase your safety while walking next to a road. However, many times a driver is distracted, impaired or negligent and can be held at-fault for the accident.
Our attorneys have years of experience representing the injured and can help you determine if legal action is right if you have been the victim of a pedestrian accident.