The fall has arrived in Wisconsin. Many Wisconsinites like to take advantage of the fall weather and engage in outdoor activities such as yard work, outdoor sports, going for runs and going for walks. Pedestrians are a common fixture on and near Wisconsin roadways during the fall. Because of the prevalence of pedestrians, it is important that drivers and pedestrians take precautions to help keep themselves and each other safe. Recently, an accident involving a pedestrian in a motorized wheelchair occurred in West Allis.
The accident happened on Wednesday, October 7, 2020 around 10:30 am near 68th Street and Greenfield Avenue. Law enforcement officials believe that a motor vehicle exiting the Towne Center onto West Greenfield Avenue hit a pedestrian who was crossing the roadway in a motorized wheelchair. Sadly, the pedestrian sustained serious injuries in the collision and was transported to a local hospital to receive treatment for the injuries sustained. The driver of the vehicle involved in the accident remained on the scene following the accident and is cooperating with law enforcement officials. Law enforcement officials are continuing to investigate the accident.
This accident demonstrates the importance of paying full attention to the roadways while driving. When a motor vehicle is involved in an accident with a pedestrian, the pedestrian almost certainly gets the worst of it. Pedestrian accidents can result in serious injuries and even fatalities. To help keep pedestrians safe, drivers should ensure that they are always practicing safe driving. Safe driving includes following all traffic laws and regulations, abiding by the speed limit, and avoiding distracted driving activities, such as texting while driving. By ensuring that their full attention is on the roadway, drivers will have more time to spot and react to potential hazards. With more reaction time, there is a better chance an accident can be avoided.