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Serious pedestrian accident in Buzzards Bay

An 18-year-old pedestrian recently suffered serious injuries after being hit by a car in Buzzards Bay.

Traveling on foot is an enjoyable way to get around Cape Cod and the surrounding areas, particularly during the summer months. Unfortunately, when people choose to travel on foot there is also a risk of being involved in a severe pedestrian accident.

Last month, an 18-year-old pedestrian in Buzzards Bay suffered serious injuries when he was hit by a car. Reportedly, the pedestrian was attempting to cross Scenic Highway when a motor vehicle collided with him. According to officials, the pedestrian suffered life-threatening injuries and was airlifted to a nearby hospital.

Pedestrians across Massachusetts should be aware of the risks associated with a motor vehicle collision. While other motorists are generally responsible for pedestrian accidents, those traveling by foot can take some precautions when on the road.

For instance, always wear clothing with reflective panels when traveling at night, to ensure other motorists can spot you easily. In addition, use designated crosswalks when available and be alert when walking. Distracted walking can be just as dangerous as distracted driving. By taking certain precautions, pedestrians can lower their risk of being involved in a severe collision.

Pedestrian accidents a serious concern throughout Massachusetts

According to a recent report – conducted by Smart Growth America – pedestrian deaths in Massachusetts accounted for about 18 percent of all traffic fatalities in the state during the last decade.

Overall, Massachusetts fared poorly when it came to pedestrian safety, according to Smart Growth America’s Dangerous by Design report. The study concluded that Massachusetts ranked 43rd in the country for pedestrian safety. In all, 716 pedestrians died in auto accidents in Massachusetts from 2003 to 2012. Across the country, over 47,000 pedestrians died in motor vehicle collisions during that period.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently reported that pedestrian fatalities have been on the rise across the country. In 2012, pedestrian deaths in the U.S. increased by over 6 percent from the year prior. In all, 4,743 pedestrians were killed in collisions with motor vehicles in 2012, according to the NHTSA. In addition, 76,000 pedestrians suffered injuries in collisions with motor vehicles in 2012 – a 10 percent increase from 2011.

When a pedestrian accident takes place, the injuries suffered by the pedestrian are generally severe, requiring costly medical care. If you or a loved one has been involved in a pedestrian accident in Massachusetts, seek the counsel of a skilled personal injury attorney, who will work on your behalf to obtain the damages to which you may be entitled.

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