Every year, many pedestrians are injured and even killed in accidents involving automobiles. Since, at some point or another, we all must walk and cross the street, we are all subjected to the dangers presented by automobile traffic. But both pedestrians and motorists bear responsibility regarding safety.
The Massachusetts Department of Transportation recently reached out to high school students in an effort to create greater awareness of the importance of safe driving and walking practices. Specifically, the department recently held a contest in which the students created and submitted videos addressing the issue.
According to a blog post published by MassDOT, the students were asked to produce videos that dealt with statistics relating to the frequency of pedestrian injuries and deaths that occur statewide. Additionally, the videos were to cover how the public can benefit from healthy transportation choices.
Over 90 videos were submitted from over 40 communities and prizes were given to several high schools. One MassDOT official issued a statement saying that the students were paving the way for a safer state. Another official said that the videos demonstrated that the students had a clear understanding of how important it is for Massachusetts to be healthier and safer.
But at the core of this feel-good story is the fact that far too many pedestrians are catastrophically injured by automobiles. And when this happens, the victims are often left with injuries that require hospitalization and treatment.
Should you or a loved one be struck by a motor vehicle while out walking, jogging or bicycling, you will likely need compensation to defray the costs of medical treatment. If the accident was caused by the actions of a negligent driver, you may wish to file a civil suit. A personal injury attorney could help you file such a suit and work with insurance companies to help you get the settlement you need.
Source: The MetroWest Daily News, "MassDOT recognizes Natick, Millis students for videos," Brian Benson, Nov. 9, 2015
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