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Massachusetts community working to reduce pedestrian accidents

Recently, police in Taunton have started cracking down on motorists who do not stop when pedestrians or bicyclists enter a crosswalk. The police department had submitted a request for grant money to help with the initiative, and was awarded $5,000 in its quest to reduce the number of pedestrian and bicycle accidents happening within the city.

The officers are conducting stings in areas considered high-risk to pedestrians. One officer will enter into the crosswalk, and if the motorist does not yield, the second officer at the scene will make a traffic stop. These drivers may then receive an expensive reminder about their responsibility to share the road with cyclists and pedestrians.

While pedestrian deaths have been on the decline in Massachusetts, the state remains above the national average. In 2011, there were 58 pedestrians killed in motor vehicle accidents, which accounted for 17.2 percent of all deaths in traffic crashes. The national average is 13.7, according to statistics supplied by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Motorists in the state are required to yield to pedestrians in a crosswalk. When approaching an area where pedestrians are present, motorists should be ready to stop. It can be difficult for pedestrians to see approaching or turning vehicles, so it is up to the motorist to be sure that the individuals have safely crossed the street before proceeding.

Pedestrians should always try to locate a crosswalk before they attempt to cross a street. Before they cross, they should be sure that motorists nearby are aware of their intentions. This allows these drivers to be able to plan accordingly, which can help traffic flow more smoothly for everyone on the roadway.

Unfortunately, if a pedestrian or bicycle accident occurs, they frequently result in serious injuries for the pedestrians and cyclists. With no chance to brace for any impact, these individuals often will need extensive medical care before they can recover from their injuries. This care, which includes rehabilitation or physical therapy sessions, is very costly and can quickly make it difficult for these individuals to make ends meet.

You should not have to pay for this care out of your own pocket if you have been injured due to a motorist's negligence. If you have been injured in a bicycle or pedestrian accident, you may be able to recover compensation for your injuries.

An experienced personal injury attorney can discuss your claims with you, and allow you an opportunity to ask about any concerns that you may have about your case. Once you know what it will cost to treat your injuries, you will be able to understand how best to proceed.

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