PEDESTRIAN AND DRIVERS HAVE RESPONSIBILITIES IN ORGANIZED TRAVELBy Terence Morris Author, and Founder PACE TULSA NETWORK. Tuesday, March 16, 2021. 6:00 a.m.
With the recent tragic and near-critical celebrity and family traffic fatalities more attention is being drawn towards advanced planning and infrastructure projects in transportation public safety.
Onika Tanya Maraj-Petty, 38, known professionally as Nicki Minaj is a Trinidadian-American rapper, singer, songwriter, and model.
Robert Maraj, 64, Nikki Minaj’s father, was walking on the road between Roslyn Road and Raff Avenue around 6 PM ET when he was hit by a car that kept going, Nassau County police said, Robert Maraj, later died in the hospital.
According to Associated Press News Sources, Charles Polevich surrendered to police early Wednesday charged with ‘leaving the scene of a car crash” and “tampering with evidence” (removing vehicle tags) for the death of Robert Maraj. Polevich got out of his white 1992 Volvo station wagon, stood over Maraj, asked him if “he was OK” then jumped back into his vehicle and drove off, leaving the rapper Nikki Minaj’s father dying in the street, court papers charge.
What pedestrian awareness crosswalk education initiatives will continue to cultivate health conscious communities? And what’s the future for the pedestrian awareness movement?
One of the most important things to realize is that pedestrians have responsibilities, just as driver’s have responsibilities in organized travel. The biggest responsibility is obeying pedestrian and traffic laws in while travelling.
The common causes of pedestrian accidents include:
*Failure to obey traffic laws
*Failure to yield to pedestrians
* Failure to maintain the property
Some of the most common situations where a pedestrian can be found at fault are:
*A pedestrian was crossing against the traffic signal.
*A pedestrian was crossing the road outside a crosswalk.
*A pedestrian was walking where pedestrian access is not allowed.
What to do if you’re involved in a pedestrian accident?
Call the local authorities. After being injured in a pedestrian accident, the most important thing you should do is seek medical attention. Then assess the situation and reach out to an attorney.
Another Key Goal is to Always Obey PEDESTRIAN Law
In motor vehicle accidents involving pedestrians, the responsibility for motor-vehicle pedestrian crashes is usually due to a negligent drivers’. However, sometimes it could be the fault of poorly maintained roads, malfunctioning traffic signals, or other factors related to visibility and health.
According to MARK SCHLABACH, ESPN Senior Writer Feb 24, 2021, Tiger Woods,45, a 15-time major champion and winner of a record-tying 82 PGA Tour tournaments, was seriously injured in a car wreck in Los Angeles on Tuesday.
According to L.A. County Sheriff Alex Villanueva, Woods’ vehicle hit the center divider, destroyed a wooden “Welcome to Rolling Hills Estates” sign, and rolled over several times. After crossing the two southbound lanes, the SUV hit a curb and a tree before settling several hundred feet from the road. His vehicle narrowly missed hitting a utility pole.
L.A. County Sheriff’s Deputy Carlos Gonzalez said he sometimes stops people driving well over the speed limit in the 45 mph zone, where signs warn truck drivers to use lower gears because of the steep grade.
Tiger Woods underwent several hours of emergency surgery to repair what doctors called “significant orthopedic injuries” to his lower right leg and ankle. Although Tiger Woods, is doing better, Twitter sources say, “They are not sure if he will return to golf.”
Pedestrians and drivers are often injured within construction sites or near roads, where sidewalks are not safely blocked off and motorists have improperly become diverted to a safe areas.
Some of the most common pedestrian injuries include:
*Head trauma, including concussions
*Spinal injuries, especially whiplash
* Chest injuries
Motor vehicle and pedestrian accidents are caused by:
*Poor visibility due to weather
*Damaged signage/ non-signage
Pedestrians can also be injured because of a failure to maintain the property, especially sidewalks, driveways, parking lots, or walkways.
What is the Problem with Intersections?
Many drivers who are in car accidents at intersections say they simply did not see the other driver coming or failed to see the pedestrian in the crosswalk.
Other drivers reported that their views were obstructed, making them unable to see the other vehicle.
In some situations, the design or shape of the roadway can make it hard to see approaching traffic.
Other times, parked vehicles, glares from lights, or trees and bushes may obstruct the driver’s view.
A Key Goal is to Reduce Intersection Crashes
Experts seem to agree that traffic signals do a better job of controlling accidents than simply stop and yield signs alone. However, maintaining intersections plays an important role, as well. They say that intersections should be inspected regularly to ensure that views are not obstructed by shrubbery and other structures.
Traffic Signal Improvements are also Key to Reducing Accident Injuries
Traffic signals meaning traffic control devices provide direction to pedestrians, as well as, drivers by alternately assigning right of way to drivers.
Traffic signals facilitate shared road space by separating conflicting movements and by using delays for various drivers.
Traffic signals are most often used at busy intersections for operational reasons and sometimes represent a trade-off between mobility and safety.
There is important work being done in the City of Tulsa regarding assistance with the disabled and physically and mentally challenged citizens at crosswalk intersections. Modern and more sophisticated assistive technology can be extended to organized travel systems in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
As part of one of PACETULSA AGS FOUNDATION National Campaigns, we would like to address the expansion of marked pedestrian crosswalk intersections with High-Intensity Treatments.
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*Associated Press, ‘2021