School is back in session across the Mid-Atlantic, and that means children will be walking, biking, and riding to institutions of learning in their neighborhoods. Our pedestrian accident lawyers at CHASENBOSCOLO Injury Lawyers point out that with a higher volume of foot traffic around schools comes an increased risk of collisions between cars and pedestrians.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that in 2013, a total of 3 children were killed and another 470 were injured every day as the result of a traffic crash. That same year, 236 children were killed as the result of being struck by a vehicle.
These startling statistics have prompted many citizens and organizations in our area to work towards preventing pedestrian accidents, as the school year gets under way.
The Capital Gazette released an article about how the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety has launched the “School’s Open – Drive Carefully” campaign in order to raise the public’s awareness about the importance of remaining vigilant when walking to school or driving in and near school zones. The article also featured several motorist safety tips that highlighted ways you can reduce the chances of being involved in a Maryland pedestrian accident.
Our legal staff at ChasenBoscolo Injury Lawyers believes in the importance of protecting pedestrian safety and rights. That’s why our team of Maryland personal injury lawyers is hopeful the efforts being made to prevent motor vehicle collisions involving young children traveling to or leaving school are effective.
As children, we grow up thinking that super heroes are invincible. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case. This past weekend, the man that was known as the “Route 29 Batman” died as the result of a traffic accident that occurred along Interstate 70 outside of Hagerstown, Maryland.
The 51-year-old “Batman” was a businessman by day, but took on The Dark Knight’s persona as a way to bring smiles to children who were hospitalized with serious illnesses. He gained national attention in 2012 when a video of him being stopped by Maryland Highway Patrol in a black Lamborghini customized to look like the Batmobile went viral.
That same vehicle was the one found to be responsible for the hero’s death on August 16. An article from USA Today explains the car began to have trouble on Sunday evening, prompting the victim to pull over on the shoulder of the road to inspect the engine. The vehicle was still partially in the left lane of the road when a passing Toyota Camry struck it from behind. The impact of the collision caused the Lamborghini to jolt forward, striking and killing the victim.
This was a tragic and preventable accident, which is why our Maryland auto accident lawyers at ChasenBoscolo Injury Lawyers would like to send our deepest and most sincere condolences to the family of a man who touched so many lives. We would also like to offer these tips on how to stay safe if your car breaks down on the side of the road:
- Pull Over to Safety– If you can make it off the main roadway to an area like a parking lot, do so. If you cannot drive any further, be sure to pull off the roadway entirely. Also, try not to stop on a curve or hill that could prevent other motorists from seeing you.
- Make Yourself Visible– Once stopped, turn on your emergency flashers so others can recognize your stopped vehicle.
- Stay in the Car or Truck– Many people are killed each year when they are struck by another automobile while near a stranded vehicle.
- Call for Assistance– Rather than evaluate your vehicle’s issue on the side of the road, call a mechanic or tow truck to have it taken somewhere the problem can be examined safely.
At CHASENBOSCOLO, we know how quickly lives can be altered by a serious accident. Our deepest condolences go out to the family of the victim.