In Ohio, pedestrian fatalities experienced a five-year increase from 88 in 2013 to 145 in 2017. The traffic death of a 72-year-old pedestrian who was waiting for a bus on December 9 in Miami Township reveals that more needs to be done to protect pedestrians from wrongful death.
The victim was waiting for a Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority bus when a pick-up truck struck him around 6:15 pm. His vehicle drove off the right berm and crashed into the victim while he was waiting at the bus stop, according to an Ohio State Highway Patrol spokesperson.
The crash was ruled as an accident, but investigators are still compiling their report. The 59-year-old driver was arrested on suspicion of aggravated vehicular homicide and released.
This death is the second fatality on that highway this month. Four other pedestrians were killed in traffic accidents in Montgomery County this year.
A spokesperson for the RTA said that accommodations for pedestrians at this bus stop are insufficient. He said that many developments in the area were constructed without planning for the needs of transit riders and pedestrians.
One pedestrian at this stop said that he tries to gain protection by standing as far back as possible while still being visible to bus drivers. Another rider also said that he feels unsafe and there is a need for sidewalks or curbs at that stop.
There were some improvements made to that area as part of $1.8 million project that began in October. Asphalt, sidewalks, and concrete paths are part of this project. However, it does not appear to be enough to ensure pedestrian safety.
Families who suffer the loss of a loved one in a fatal accident may be entitled to compensation and damages. An attorney can help determine whether a negligent driver or inadequate safety precautions were causes of these accidents and pursue a lawsuit.