Crosswalk Injury Accidents
Crosswalks often provide pedestrians with a false sense of security. The truth is many crosswalks are insufficiently marked and lack flashing lights, stop signs, or other warnings to alert drivers well in advance to slow down and yield to people who are crossing the street. Although Federal standards have changed to allow pedestrians more crossing time, many cities have failed to adjust the timing of their crosswalk signals. For slower walkers and people crossing with children, this can spell trouble, especially on large multi-lane streets and highways.
Historically intersection design has focused more on moving traffic efficiently rather than on the safety of pedestrians. This is beginning to change, but cities are sometimes slow to implement design modifications that help reduce risks for pedestrians, or they fail to properly maintain sidewalks and walkways so they are safe for pedestrian use.