Are our roadways safe? Why are pedestrians continuing to die in our area?
As we've reported in previous blogs, more and more pedestrians are being killed in motor vehicle crashes in our area. The Washington Post reports that two more pedestrians were killed on Friday and Saturday last week, one by a hit-and- run driver. Mathew Burgess, of Glen Burnie, Md. was killed in Anne Arundel County by a hit-and-run driver at 2:00 a.m. near the 100 Block of West Ordinance Road. Mr. Burgess, a mechanic by trade, was married and the father of a three year old. Police are searching for the driver that caused Mr. Burgess' death.
The second pedestrian fatality also occurred in the Glen Burnie area of Anne Arundel County, Md. Gregory S. Denton was killed when he tried to cross Route 2 at about 5:45 p.m. last Friday.
As we approach the end of 2009, one pattern is becoming more clear: more pedestrians are being struck by cars in our area than ever before. Please keep this thought in mind as you cross your next street. What once seemed like a safe and everyday event may be more hazardous than you think. Please use the greatest amount of caution when crossing our area's roadways-the driver of the multiple ton vehicle that approaches you at a high rate of speed may not.
At Clark & Steinhorn, we see the results of these tragedies first hand. We see the grief and sorrow these catastrophic injuries and deaths cause. That is why we urge you to be aware of the dangers on our roadways, particularly ones we don't generally think much about. After all, how dangerous can it be to cross the street? Unfornately, much more dangerous than one would think.