Last week, a teenage bicyclist was hit and killed in the crosswalk on Viers Mill Road at Turkey Branch Parkway. This crosswalk is at the bottom of a hill, and many drivers do not stop for pedestrians. In fact, most drivers cruise through the crosswalk well above the 45 mph posted speed limit. The Matthew Henson Trail is a popular trail that runs on both sides of the street. This is a very wide street with several lanes of traffic for pedestrians and bikers to get through before making it to the other side. There is currently a safety device in place that will flash lights at the top of the hill when crossing pedestrians hit a button. Oftentimes, drivers do not notice the lights and fail to slow down when approaching the crosswalk.
Montgomery County Police Captain wants to constantly remind drivers to be cautious when driving down this section of Viers Mill Road. Maryland drivers should know that it is state law for cars to stop at crosswalks when pedestrians are waiting to cross. Even though pedestrians have the right of way, they too should be aware of their surroundings and remain cautious when crossing. Many are urging county officials to take more action to protect lives at this intersection. One plan calls for installing flashing lights in the crosswalk so that it stands out for drivers to see, especially at night.
Pedestrian accidents are some of the worst, but also some of the most avoidable. A majority of pedestrian accidents are caused by driver negligence, such as texting while driving and speeding. Police statewide have been increasing patrols for cell phone use while driving as part of the state’s plan for zero deaths on Maryland roadways. Pedestrians must remember to always check for incoming traffic because drivers cannot be trusted to stop at a crosswalk.
If you or a family member have been injured or killed in a Maryland pedestrian accident and would like to consult an experienced personal injury attorney for free, contact our office at (301) 854-9000 to schedule an appointment at one of our office locations in Rockville or throughout Maryland or visit us online at http://www.portnerandshure.com/Personal-Injury/