Summer is right around the corner. The weather is beautiful in Kentucky this time of year and this means that there are more pedestrians, bicyclists and motorcycles on Kentucky roads. When you are out driving and enjoying the weather be extra careful. Don’t be distracted and pay attention to what and who is on the road. This small change in your attitude could safe someone’s life.
Seattle Accident Attorney blog by attorney Chris Davis outlines an interesting program by the Seattle Police Department that I think more cities should embrace. I believe this program and police efforts will save lives. According to Davis, the Seattle Police are starting a program of “sting” operations to catch drivers who don’t stop for pedestrians. The police will be using live decoys. The pedestrian decoy will approach a cross walk and monitor a driver’s response. This is a great idea. I hope we see a similar operation in Louisville, Kentucky by the Louisville Metro Police Department.
Pedestrian accidents can be devastating. They can also be difficult to prove unless witnesses come forward. When a car collides with a person in the crosswalk or on the side of the road the results are almost always life changing. I know that there is a duty on the pedestrian to watch out for a car and many times the accident may be their fault. If a pedestrian is crossing outside the cross walk they may be partly to blame. If a child chases a ball into the street you may be to blame. Don’t take the chance. Slow down and watch out for pedestrians this summer. A crosswalk sting may be coming to a city near you.