Pedestrian Tragically Killed in Raleigh Wreck
At around 10:15 p.m. Saturday, September 28, tragedy struck for 24-year-old David Hamilton, Jr. According to police reports, Hamilton was walking near Capital Boulevard and Spring Forest Road in Raleigh when he was struck by a vehicle. Hamilton sustained serious injuries during the wreck, and was transported to WakeMed hospital for treatment, where he later died Sunday, according to a hospital spokesperson. Investigation into the heartbreaking wreck is still underway, per police reports.
It's important to remember that motor vehicle accidents aren't just a danger to drivers and passengers, they also pose a threat to pedestrians, many of whom are killed as a result of wrecks each year. In fact, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 69,000 pedestrians were injured and 4,432 were killed in motor vehicle accidents in 2011 alone. Everyone is likely a pedestrian at one time or another, and it's important to take the necessary steps to reduce pedestrian vulnerability on the road. Whether you're driving or walking through pedestrian-friendly areas, always exercise extreme caution, especially in the evening when visibility is low. (Nearly 3 out of 4 pedestrian deaths occur at nighttime, according to the NHTSA.) The NHTSA recommends guidelines for both drivers and pedestrians to help keep roads safe for everyone:
Safety Tips for Drivers:
- Keep a sharp eye out for pedestrians, especially in the evening or in the event of bad weather.
- Always slow down and be prepared to stop when you come upon a crosswalk.
- Be especially cautious when backing up, as pedestrians may unintentionally cross into your path.
Safety Tips for Pedestrians:
- Obey traffic signs and rules so cars can better predict your behavior.
- Walk facing traffic, and as far away from the road as possible.
- Don't walk while distracted on a cell phone or otherwise and make eye contact with drivers.
- Wear bright clothing during the day and wear reflective clothing at night.
It’s important to us here at the Law Office of D. Hardison Wood that you and your loved ones are protected from dangerous motor vehicle accidents, as pedestrians, drivers and passengers. We encourage you to follow the appropriate safety guidelines when venturing out on the road, so you can keep your family safe and secure.
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