Fall can be a dangerous time for pedestrians, as dusk becomes part of rush hour. The end of daylight savings time moves sundown right into the commute, meaning that drivers are forced to adjust to less ambient light and more light from headlights and streetlights. The difference in light changes the appearance of things. It changes the shadows. Small moving objects like pedestrians seem to disappear.
Imagine driving along the highway and suddenly noticing little bits of green sailing through the air. Upon closer inspection, you realize that those bits of green are wads of cash, sailing out of an armored truck and into the air for drivers to grab.
If your vehicle has ever stalled on a highway or busy street, you may remember feeling nervous about being exposed to traffic as you tried to fix the problem or call for help. As cars and large trucks rush past you, you run the risk of being hit even if you're fully pulled over on the side of the road. These accidents do happen, unfortunately, and they're quite often fatal.
A Maryland State Police trooper who fatally struck an elderly pedestrian last year is back on duty after an investigation into the crash. A state police spokesman said couldn't say whether the trooper has been found guilty of any policy violations, but confirmed that the state's attorney will not press any charges against him.
There's no question that pedestrians are some of the most vulnerable people on the road. Without so much as a helmet to protect them from cars skidding around in bad weather or distracted drivers, they can be injured in a car accident quickly and seriously if they don't see a vehicle approaching. Why wouldn't they? Perhaps because many of them are distracted themselves.
A 29-year-old woman was killed in a fatal accident, involving a Maryland state trooper last Friday night on Shopping Center Drive in Stevensville.
Just a few months after an 83-year-old driver struck a Johns Hopkins student on a bicycle, putting him in a coma, another pedestrian accident occurred near the campus. This time, police say, the accident was an early morning hit-and-run crash that injured two students and led to the arrest of a suspect who was trying to flee the scene.
Crossing guards play an important role in protecting schoolchildren from automobile accidents. Similarly, bus drivers play a vital role in providing a safe environment for children by operating their buses in a safe manner.
Recently, a Las Vegas tourist noted the exceptional lack of jaywalking within that city. He found it ironic that a city known for casual lawlessness and an obvious lack of sobriety maintained such a respectful relationship between pedestrians and drivers. Unfortunately, this is not the case in Maryland, a state known for pedestrian accidents despite its relatively charming and friendly image.