St. Louis Pedestrian Accident Results in Chief’s Suspension

Houston Police Chief Charles McClelland was recently suspended for a day (without pay) after reportedly hitting a pedestrian earlier this month. He was suspended by Mayor Annise Parker, according to KMOV. The accident happened as the officer attempted to make a left on Clay from Travis in downtown Houston. He admitted to not seeing the pedestrian.

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“I was at fault and will hold myself to a higher accountability,” said McClelland. “I am the boss. I should take a bigger discipline.”

Our St. Louis pedestrian accident lawyers understand that the Chief also said he would enroll in a defensive driving course.

We understand that accidents happen, but we also understand that accidents can often be prevented. According to the Missouri Highway Patrol, there were close to 1,452 pedestrians killed or injured in traffic crashes in 2011. These fatalities accounted for more than 11 percent of all of traffic deaths recorded throughout the year. Overall, the number of fatal and injury involved pedestrian crashes are down about 30 percent since 1998, but we still have a long way to go.

The Missouri Bicycle Federation reminds Missourians that bicycling is very safe and healthful sport if both motorists and cyclists follow the rules of the road and drive with a little bit of care.

Motorists Should Remember:

-Bicyclists have a legal right to ride in the street. Make sure you allow them the necessary space to travel safely.

-Expect pedestrians. Be ready for anything at any time.

-Pass safely. Don’t try to squeeze by pedestrians.

-Drivers should yield to pedestrians when crossing a sidewalk or entering an alley or driveway.

-When you are turning, you often will have to wait for a “gap” in traffic. Beware that while you are watching for that “gap,” pedestrians may have moved into your intended path.

-When driving, be especially alert in residential neighborhoods and school zones and be on the lookout for bikers, walkers or runners who may be distracted or may step into the street unexpectedly.

At the same time, pedestrian also have to share the road with motorists. This is an important step toward safe riding and walking, but there are other important safety precautions to take when out walking:

-Always obey traffic signs and signals.

-Always walk. Avoid running.

-Whenever you can, use sidewalks. If you don’t have a sidewalk available, walk single file, facing oncoming traffic and stay as far from the road as you can.

-Lighten up at night. Wear white or light colors, reflective strips and carry a flashlight.

-Never assume that a driver is going to stop for you.

-Make eye contact with drivers before crossing the road. You want to make sure they see you.

We can do this. Travel safely out there and be ready for whatever the road has to throw your way.

More Blog Entries:

Missouri to Participate in International Walk to School Day to Raise Awareness of Pedestrian Accidents in Missouri and Elsewhere, St. Louis Injury Lawyer Blog, October 5, 2011

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