Linda Pearson and her dog were crossing Ferguson where a black vehicle and a yellow vehicle struck them as they were racing down the street. Neither motorist stopped after hitting her. First responders pronounced Pearson dead at the scene, and her dog was transported to a local vet to be treated for serious injuries. The collision occurred on Friday, November 26 a round 2:30 p.m. near the intersection of Ferguson Road and Highwood Drive. At this time, it remains unclear which of the two cars struck Pearson, but police say they were picking up pieces of a black car at the scene. Authorities are still searching for the two motorists, and Dallas police are urging anyone with information to come forward.
Reckless & Aggressive Driving
The consequences of reckless and aggressive driving poses to people on the road are horrific. A few common behaviors that can be classified as reckless driving include situations like exceeding the speed limit, failing to obey traffic signals and signs, and driving while fatigued. The dangers of driving too fast for weather or road conditions may also be something people fail to realize is reckless. When a motorist is blatantly disregarding the law or driving recklessly, the results are oftentimes dismal.
What is a pedestrian accident? A pedestrian accident involves a pedestrian and any other force of movement. This movement can be from the source of a motor vehicle, scooter, bike, or any other similar mode. However, it is the responsibility falls on both the motorist and the pedestrian to simultaneously obey the rules of the road, and exercise caution at all times.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s National Pedestrian Crash Report, data shows:
- Most pedestrian accidents take place in urban and non-intersection areas.
- More than two-thirds of pedestrians killed are male and almost one-fifth of fatalities are of Hispanic origin.
- A pedestrian is killed in a vehicle crash every 107 minutes in the U.S.
- Saturdays and Sundays show the highest probability for pedestrian accidents.
- The most fatal days of the year for pedestrian accidents are January 1st followed by October 31st.
Ways to Keep Yourself Safe
- Carry a flashlight or wear reflective clothing in order for traffic to more easily notice you when walking or biking in the dark.
- Always walk on the sidewalk. If there isn’t a sidewalk available, be sure to walk on the shoulder of the road facing traffic.
- Cross the road at crosswalks or intersections where drivers are expecting to see pedestrians. If there isn’t a crosswalk available, wait for a gap in traffic that will allow you enough time to cross safely while simultaneously looking for traffic as you cross.
- If you’ve been drinking, avoid walking as alcohol can impair your reflexes and judgement. Operating a vehicle is not an acceptable alternative to walking. Other options include designating a sober friend to car pool, or using a ride-share service.
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Motorists on the road should be able to trust other licensed motorists to pay attention to the road and cars around them. Not paying attention is completely unacceptable when the consequences of that have the potential to leave someone in critical condition – or worse – dead.
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