Once the sun goes down, pedestrians and other vehicles without lights become much harder to see. Depending on road conditions, they may disappear until it’s far too late to stop. That’s what appears to have happened in a recent fatality. 11 Alive reported on the case.
Clayton County police confirmed that a man was struck by a MARTA bus near the intersection of Garden Walk Boulevard and Highway 85. The accident happened on Monday night.
Police say that the victim was not at a crosswalk when he was struck, was wearing dark clothing, and was in a location that had no street illumination. Police are withholding the identity of the victim while they do their investigation.
There was no information in the report about the driver’s condition or operation of the bus at the time of the crash.
If you are walking on any street at night, you must take precautions. Here are some tips that can keep you safe.
- Follow all the rules of the road. This will not only make it safer for you, but it will also make you less vulnerable to liability claims.
- Always assume that the other vehicles cannot see you, especially at night.
- If you must go walking at night, wear bright-colored clothing or a reflective vest and try to stick to well-lit areas.
- Always walk while facing traffic. That way you can see vehicles coming your way.