Bad crosswalk design leads to fatal motor vehicle accidents

The design of roads and pedestrian walkways can have a major impact on the rate of collisions. When pedestrians are unsafe due to the design of roadways, the risk of fatal motor vehicle accidents goes up significantly. Some residents in Richmond, British Columbia are making their concerns about this public after a recent accident killed an elderly woman at a notoriously dangerous intersection.

Fatal motor vehicle accidents involving pedestrians can happen for a number of reasons. In this case, the risk factors included a busy intersection with no pedestrian controlled light. Cars also typically don't slow down in the area. This is not the only elderly person who has been hit by a car at this same crosswalk, though it is the first road fatality of the year in Richmond, British Columbia.

Residents say that prior to the accident, several letters were written about the danger of this crosswalk. Other accidents at crosswalks in the Lower Mainland have resulted from questionable road design, most involving pedestrians. Urban planners say this shows the need to consider pedestrian safety when designing crosswalks, particularly when children and elderly people are involved.

Other cities in North America have taken steps to avoid fatal motor vehicle accidents such as adding eye-catching lights or public art. One city even lowered speed limits on more residential streets to about 30 kph. This can generate pushback from drivers, but ultimately is a way to save lives. Despite these efforts, British Columbia car accidents can still result in death. Those who have a loved one who have been killed in such an accident should speak to a lawyer as soon as possible regarding the next steps.

Source: British Columbia - CBC News, "'One of the worst streets in Richmond': residents concerned about crosswalk safety after deadly collision", Gian-Paolo Mendoza, Jan. 25, 2018

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