The Wisconsin-based law firm of Hupy and Abraham has taken the initiative to remind all drivers that it is their responsibility to be on the lookout for pedestrians, even at unmarked corners. Even if there are no zebra stripes on the road or yellow signs in sight, everyone needs to ‘Yield To Pedestrians’ to reduce the number of accidents and ultimately save lives.
On a country road in Wausau, WI, a 25-year-old Grand Rapids man was hospitalized after being hit by a car on Highway W. and Kellner Rd. He was then transported to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield and his condition has been upgraded to “fair.” This incident goes to show that drivers need to be on the lookout for pedestrians even when traversing on seemingly desolate country roads.
On Tuesday, September 17, a 71-year-old woman was hit and killed by a 53-year-old who was driving an SUV. The incident occurred at the controlled intersection of North Ave. and Freedom Rd. in Little Chute, WI. The driver was stopped at a red light and accelerated when it turned green as the woman was trying to quickly cross. As a result, the driver isn’t expected to be charged, but he still should have been more careful and avoided the incident altogether.
In Ashwaubenon, WI, another pedestrian accident occurred at a controlled intersection. The pedestrian sustained serious injuries after being struck on Ashland Ave. and Cormier Rd., but was later upgraded to stable condition after being taken to St. Vincent Hospital in Green Bay.
When driving through a controlled intersection, it’s always a good idea to be aware of everything around you. Drivers should not only be conscious of the traffic lights, but also the pedestrians that may be crossing the road.