Most Indiana residents take basic actions like crossing the street on foot for granted. These things are in many ways simple and should be easily done. However, because cars can be on the roads at the same time, pedestrians have to be ever aware of the risks they face. Even if a pedestrian is crossing in the location and at the time they should, they can still be struck by vehicles because not all drivers are appropriately aware or safe.
Whether walking or running for exercise or simply on foot when going between cars and offices, shops or homes, pedestrians in Indiana must navigate and share the roads with cars, trucks, motorcycles and other vehicles. Every state has its own laws designed to provide appropriate safety for pedestrians while also keeping in mind traffic flow considerations. Knowing the laws in Indiana is important for pedestrians and motorists alike.
The thought of any person on foot being hit by a vehicle can be enough to make anyone in Indiana shudder. When the person hit is a child with their whole life still before them, the tragedy can feel even worse. Grieving parents and fellow students at schools are left wondering why such a thing could be allowed to happen. This would be a natural thing to feel and may well be what many in the case of an accident that happened in Homer City last year may have experienced.
Pedestrians in Indiana know that they must always be on the lookout for drivers who may not necessarily see them. This can be while walking across a parking lot, on a sidewalk or crossing an intersection. Even if a pedestrian has the right of way, they must exercise caution as an accident between a person on foot and a vehicle will generally turn out worse for the pedestrian due to the inherent lack of protection around them.
The long daylight hours of summer and the warm weather naturally give rise to a greater number of people out and about on foot. If you are on the many Indiana residents who looks forward to spending more time outside at this time of year, you'll want to pay special attention to keeping yourself safe.
Indiana residents who have been waiting for the return of spring to be out and about more on foot should be pleased to see that spring is finally here. However, before rushing out to go for that run or walk or even to simply appreciate walking from a car to building in pleasant weather, it is important to make safety a priority. As much as it would be nice to think that drivers will always look for and stop for pedestrians, that simply does not happen all the time.
At some point, any Indiana resident may find himself or herself as a pedestrian among moving vehicles. Whether running or walking for exercise or simply walking from a car across a parking lot or a street to a building, navigating traffic comes with a natural set of risks.
According to Indiana crash reports from 2012, 64 pedestrians were killed in vehicle accidents that year. The road should be a safe place but tragedies happen. No parent would ever want their child to become one of the victims of a pedestrian accident.
Records from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show that pedestrians face serious challenges in Clark County. In looking at the time period from 2011 through 2015, a total of nine people on foot lost their lives in Clark County. That represents more pedestrian fatalities than in any of Clark County's neighboring counties. Scott County experienced no pedestrian deaths at all during these five years while Jefferson and Washington Counties each recorded two such deaths. Floyd County's pedestrian fatality county was closest to Clark County with three people dying in this five-year period.
For Indiana residents, the upcoming holiday season can be a deadly time on the road as drunk driving can sometimes become an even bigger danger at this time of year. However, there continue to be problems presented on areas roads by negligent drivers who choose to get behind the wheel of vehicles after consuming alcohol all year long. This means that every day, Indianans are at risk of injury or death due to the actions and choices of these people.