Hartford, CT (PRWEB) June 09, 2014
Commenting on an AARP study ranking Connecticut 27th in pedestrian safety and Hartford 38th out of the nation’s 51 largest metro areas, Hartford personal injury lawyer Joe Morelli of the Law Offices of Mark E. Salomone & Morelli said today it’s imperative for drivers to exercise more caution on state roadways to reduce the risk of pedestrian accidents.
Morelli based his comments on a May 20 New Haven Register report, “Connecticut 27th nationwide in pedestrian safety.” The article detailed a study released by the AARP’s National Complete Streets Coalition evaluating pedestrian safety across the nation’s major metropolitan areas and risk factors for pedestrian accidents.
“During the past decade, more than 350 pedestrians lost their lives in Connecticut, according to this report,” Morelli said. “At the Law Offices of Mark E. Salomone & Morelli, we firmly believe that’s 350 too many pedestrian accidents. As this study shows, there is definite room for improvement among Connecticut drivers. We must all remember to drive safely when pedestrians are nearby. Slow down and avoid driving distracted or while under the influence of alcohol.”
According to the New Haven Register, AARP’s report is titled “Dangerous by Design” and indicates older adults and children to be at highest risk in pedestrian accidents, with pedestrian injury the third-leading cause of death by unintentional injury for children 15 and younger across the United States.
The New Haven Register reports many pedestrian accidents are attributed to dangerous roadways that lack safety provisions for pedestrians, bicyclists and public transit users. According to the report, Connecticut state legislature recently signed into law a vulnerable user bill increasing penalties on reckless drivers who injure or kill pedestrians on state roadways.
“Reducing the number of pedestrian fatalities is critically important in Connecticut,” Morelli said. “Some streets are more dangerous than others. Unfortunately, some drivers are more dangerous than others. That’s why it’s so important to educate our drivers and enforce traffic laws designed to keep pedestrians safe from harm.
“We urge all drivers and pedestrians to safely and responsibly share the road with one another. However, if you’re a pedestrian injured by a negligent driver, you have options. Do not hesitate to contact a personal injury attorney in Hartford today,” Morelli said.
About the Law Offices of Mark E. Salomone & Morelli
Serving clients in seven offices throughout Connecticut, the Law Offices of Mark E. Salomone & Morelli has decades of experience practicing personal injury law and getting justice for their clients. The law firm has offices in Hartford, New Haven, New Britain, Manchester, Waterbury, Norwich and Willimantic. The firm handles a wide variety of personal injury cases, including auto accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, medical malpractice, slip and fall accidents, dog attacks, dangerous drugs and other accidents. Attorney Morelli and his colleagues work on a contingency fee basis. That means clients only pay if they win.
For more information about what to do after a pedestrian accident and the legal options available to families in Connecticut, call (800) 946-9461 or complete the online contact form.
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