2 pedestrians Injured at Ferndale 1st and Main Intersection
Adding fuel to the call for improved pedestrian safety at the intersection of 1st Avenue and Main Street, first responders were called to the scene of a car-versus-pedestrian accident about 4:30 p.m. on Monday, March 4th. City of Ferndale officials were already looking at removing one of the crosswalks there and providing significant safety improvements to the other.
2 pedestrians injured at Ferndale Intersection
According to Whatcom County Fire District 7 Division Chief Ben Boyko, first responders evaluated a child and an adult female at the scene before releasing them. According to an email, the responding officer said the woman appeared to have minor injuries and the child seemed uninjured. The accident happened after a Chevrolet Venture was stopped at the stop sign on 1st Avenue and Main Street, waiting to make a right hand turn onto Main Street heading eastbound. While the driver looked westbound waiting for traffic to clear, the woman and her child began to walk across the marked crosswalk at 1st Avenue from the east. Once the traffic was clear, the driver started to make a right hand turn but failed to see the woman and her child in the crosswalk. The woman was hit by the front bumper of the vehicle, causing her to fall.
The driver was given a verbal warning for failing to yield to pedestrians and was listed as being at fault for the accident.
Pedestrian accidents at intersections
Although intersections make up only a tiny portion of U.S. surface road mileage, more than one in five pedestrian deaths happens because of a crash with a vehicle at an intersection.
Pedestrians have very little to shield themselves in the event of a collision compared to a driver of a motor vehicle. If you or a loved one was the victim of a motor vehicle versus pedestrian accident you may be struggling with devastating injuries causing pain and suffering, time off of work and medical bills. In the worst cases, pedestrians are left with permanent scars or disabilities. An experienced car accident attorney can evaluate your accident, injuries and damages and discuss your legal rights.
How to improve pedestrian safety at intersections
An Insurance Institute for Highway Safety review of research on crashes involving pedestrians, identified many opportunities to improve pedestrian safety at intersections:
- With more than half of fatal pedestrian crashes happening in the dark, increasing lighting at intersections is a simple and cost-effective way to save pedestrian lives. Two studies have shown that this move decreases pedestrian versus car crashes by more than 50 percent.
- One option is to change the signal light timing to allow pedestrians to cross without cars moving through the intersection. This move has been found to reduce pedestrian versus vehicle crashes by about 50 percent.
- Another option is to change the signal timing to allow for an “early release” of pedestrians that gives them a head start across an intersection before the light changes to allow vehicles to enter. This has been found to reduce pedestrian versus vehicle crashes by about 95 percent.
- Another option is to increase the space between vehicles and pedestrians by adding raised medians between two lanes of opposing traffic called refuge islands. One study found that adding refuge islands to intersections reduces pedestrian crash rates by about half.
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