On Sunday, March 9, 2014, police officers responded to a car accident on Preston Highway that left a woman dead. Spokeswoman for the Louisville Metro Police Department, Carey Klain, said that the driver could not see the woman because the area was dark. The woman, later identified as Felecia Burton, age 40, of Lexington, Kentucky, was walking with her friends and just left a Cuban restaurant. Burton’s friends said she staggered into the roadway and that alcohol may have been a factor. Burton was pronounced dead at the scene.
Celebrating a night out with friends is normal. It’s a great way to unwind after a long day at work. While having fun is great, please don’t forget about your safety.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 4,280 pedestrians were killed in traffic crashes in 2010, which has increased by 4% from the reported figures in 2009. As pedestrians, we are the most vulnerable ones on the roads. It’s best to stay predictable and walk on sidewalks. Here are some safety tips to keep in mind:
- Sidewalks are the best way to go. In cases where there are no sidewalks, and you must walk somewhere, walk facing traffic. This way, you can see oncoming vehicles easier.
- Not everyone is willing to wear reflectors on their outfit. So, as an alternative, make sure to carry a flashlight with you, especially when you’re out for a walk at night.
- Alcohol and drugs lower your decision making skills. Alcohol and drugs are just as dangerous to pedestrians walking as they are to drivers behind the wheel. If you don’t think you can walk straight, ask a friend to walk you home or call a loved one to pick you up.
- Be aware of your surroundings. Put down your phone and music player when walking. While your eyes can see what’s going on around you, you still need your ears for traffic signals that your eyes may not catch. For instance, an ambulance rushing around a corner.
As a Kentucky Accident Attorney, I would like to extend my condolences to Felecia Burton’s loved ones. For Kentucky pedestrians, stay alert and cautious at all times. This will not only increase your safety, but also decrease fatal pedestrian accidents.