Crosswalks are intended to be a haven for pedestrians on busy streets and intersections throughout Portland. Unfortunately, they can be tragically ineffective when reckless drivers go too fast and refuse to yield the right of way. Amidst a devastating string of pedestrian accidents to plague the area, it is important for walkers to be aware of crosswalk dangers and for drivers to be aware of the obligations.
Hit-and-Run Crosswalk Accident Injures Young Girl in Portland
Portland has had a string of tragic traffic accidents over the past month, claiming the lives of nine people. Pedestrians have been among those most impacted by these collisions and both city officials and residents are getting fed up. According to an April 30, 2019 report by Oregon Live, a local girl was among the latest victims in a serious hit-and-run accident that occurred on one of the most dangerous roads in the city.
The crash happened on Southeast Division Street near 107th Avenue, which residents and local business people describe as a disaster in terms of crashes and collisions. It occurred as a Portland mother and her six-year-old daughter waited at one of the only crosswalks in a five-block stretch along the busy street. While they followed the rules by attempting to cross only when the flashing pedestrian lights blinked and all other traffic had stopped, a speeding car raced to get through the intersection and ended up striking the young girl.
The driver fled the scene and is currently wanted by the police. The girl was taken to a local hospital and treated for non-life threatening injuries. Portland has already lowered the speed limit on the street and installed safety cameras in the nearby vicinity, but residents claim more aggressive traffic enforcement efforts are needed to prevent incidents like these from occurring in the future.
Protect Yourself in Crosswalks
Crosswalks are designed to provide a safe place for pedestrians, but drivers often fail to abide by them. Reckless driving behaviors such as the following end up putting people crossing at these designated intersections at risk:
- Speeding and going too fast for conditions;
- Failing to yield;
- Disregarding traffic signals;
- Distracted driving;
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or other substances.
The City of Portland advises that while pedestrians do have the right of way when traffic beacons are blinking, they still need to use caution. Before stepping foot into an intersection, look right, then left, then right against to ensure all traffic has stopped. Make eye contact with drivers to ensure they see you and move through the crosswalk as quickly as possible.
Let Us Help You Today
When pedestrian accidents happen due to the reckless actions of drivers, the Johnston Law Firm can help to protect your rights in a claim. We hold these drivers accountable, so you can get the compensation you need to recover. Contact our Portland pedestrian accident attorneys online or call (503) 546-3167 to request a consultation today.