Study reveals most dangerous areas of Connecticut for pedestrians

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Hartford is the deadliest county, but U.S. Route 1 is the most dangerous road

A recently released study by the Tri-State Transportation Campaign is revealing what parts of Connecticut are the most dangerous for pedestrians, according to the Connecticut Post. The study analyzed fatal pedestrian accidents in the state from 2011 to 2013 to give a general idea of what roads and counties account for the highest number of pedestrian deaths. The study found that Hartford County recorded the highest number of pedestrian fatalities, but that U.S. Route 1 was the deadliest road for pedestrians.

Most dangerous places

Hartford County recorded 28 pedestrian fatalities from 2011 to 2013, four more than the second deadliest county, New Haven. The most dangerous road was, however, U.S. Route 1, which saw nine pedestrian deaths. The second deadliest road was U.S. Route 6 with three fatalities, according to WTNH News. The state as a whole saw 99 pedestrian deaths over the three-year period studied, which was a drop from the 111 pedestrians killed from 2010 to 2012.

The figures show that major arterial roads accounted for a disproportionate number of pedestrian deaths. Although such arterial roads only comprise for 15 percent of all roads in the Tri-State area, in Connecticut about 50 percent of fatal pedestrian accidents occurred on arterial roads.

Risk factors

Analysts noted that Connecticut can be a particularly dangerous place for pedestrians because many roads are designed primarily with cars in mind. A lack of transit options and stoplights along major routes can create a treacherous situation for people without a car. In winter the danger is even more pronounced because snow banks might force pedestrians off the shoulder or sidewalk and onto the road itself.

Speed and age were also major factors in deadly pedestrian accidents. The two deadliest roads in the state, U.S. Routes 1 and 6, both have speed limits above 40 mph. Furthermore, older pedestrians were far more likely to die in pedestrian accidents, accounting for about a third of pedestrian fatalities in Connecticut.

Personal injury

A motor vehicle accident of any sort can be devastating, but especially so if a person has been seriously injured, as often happens in pedestrian accidents. Such injuries can take months and even years to recovery from and will usually lead to significant financial challenges, such as steep medical bills and time taken off work.

Compensation can play an important role in meeting these financial challenges. To understand what sort of compensation may be available following a crash, accident victims should get in touch with a qualified and experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible.