In Kentucky, pedestrians might feel as if they are under siege with the dangers they face. The combination of drivers who are distracted, drive at excessive speeds, are reckless, drive while drowsy and get behind the wheel while under the influence of alcohol or drugs can make for a treacherous journey. This is true whether a person is walking to work or school, is going to the store, or is simply trying to get some fresh air and exercise. A specific area where pedestrian accidents have been on the rise is in work areas. Pedestrians should be cognizant of this when venturing out. If there is an accident, it could be important to know the available alternatives to cover for what was lost.
Hazard alert notice issued regarding work-pedestrian fatalities
The Kentucky Occupational Safety and Health Surveillance Program (KOSHS) has issued a hazard notice due to concerns about work-pedestrian deaths. In the five years between 2015 and 2019, there was a spike of 75% from the prior two decades. Overall, there were an average of seven such deaths each year, up from four. The most common way in which pedestrians lost their lives between 1994 and 2019 was in a construction accident with 27 such fatalities. There were 20 each in warehousing and transportation.
KOSHS recommended workers wear clothing that is easily visible and meets the detailed standards. Those who are walking in a road construction area should make sure that they walk on the sidewalk or on a designated path. If one is not available, they should stay on the left and walk in the direction of traffic. Pedestrians should cross at intersections or in crosswalks and make certain that vehicles come to a stop before crossing. Distraction is not limited to drivers. Pedestrians can also be distracted by their devices and should pay attention to where they are going.
Medical costs, loss of life and other problems will require comprehensive assistance
Pedestrians are acutely vulnerable to injuries and death if they are involved in car accidents. They can happen anywhere. As this hazard alert shows, there is significant concern in work areas. Regardless of the preventative measures that are taken and the advice given, these accidents will continue to happen. Those who are hit will likely face medical expenses, lost time at work and problems contributing to a family. When there is a fatality, the family left behind will have emotional, personal and financial challenges. To address these issues, having professional guidance can be helpful in determining how to move forward.