Fatal pedestrian accident near Milwaukee County Zoo

A pedestrian accident recently took the life of a woman near the border of Milwaukee and Wauwatosa.

As autumn begins, many people in Wisconsin will continue to travel by foot as the weather permits. Sadly, at times, distracted or otherwise negligent motorists cause collisions with pedestrians. One such incident recently took place at what is considered one of the most active intersections in Wisconsin.

According to the Milwaukee Police Department, a 44-year-old woman was hit by a dump truck at the corner of Highway 100 and Bluemound Road earlier this month. The pedestrian was crossing the street when the dump truck driver collided with her.

Tragically, the collision resulted in the pedestrian’s death. While law enforcement officers have indicated it is unlikely alcohol was a factor in the crash, the collision is still under investigation.

Pedestrian crashes are a serious issue in Wisconsin and across the US

According to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, there were 1,273 pedestrian accidents in Wisconsin in 2013. Those crashes resulted in 35 pedestrian fatalities across the state and another 1,231 pedestrians suffered injuries as a result of collisions with motor vehicles.

Across the country, 4,280 pedestrians died in collisions with motor vehicles in 2010, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC estimates that pedestrians are 1.5 times more likely to be killed in a motor vehicle accident than those traveling by car.

In addition to the pedestrian fatalities, about 70,000 pedestrians were injured in the United States in 2010. In all, a pedestrian is injured approximately every eight minutes in the United States.

Drivers in Wisconsin can take steps to ensure they travel safely around pedestrians. For instance, motorists must always yield to pedestrians who are crossing in a designated crosswalk. When traveling on the highway, drivers must yield to pedestrians crossing the road at intersections when no traffic lights are present, according to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.

Of course, pedestrians can take steps to protect themselves, as well. For instance, pedestrians should pay attention to their surroundings and avoid so-called distracted walking. In other words, pedestrians should put their cellphones away when traveling near motor vehicles.

Motorists have to be alert when traveling near pedestrians. When a driver causes a collision with a pedestrian, the injuries suffered by the individual on foot are generally quite severe. If you or someone you love has been injured in a pedestrian accident in Wisconsin, you should take the time to talk to an experienced personal injury attorney. A legal professional will work on your behalf to recover any damages to which you may be entitled.