A Columbus teen was killed yesterday while walking on a rural stretch of road in Licking County in Granville Township. The fatal pedestrian accident occurred just before 9:30 pm. The 17-year-old victim was walking with a friend on Rt. 661 when he was struck by a van in the northbound lane of the highway when he was hit. He was pronounced dead on the scene. The driver of the van was wearing her seatbelt and was not injured. The accident is still under investigation and no charges have been filed.

Unfortunately, tragedies like this increase significantly in the summer months. Pedestrian accidents increase as more people get out to enjoy strolls in the warm summer twilight, when the dim light makes it harder for drivers to see pedestrians. Accidents involving teens increase in the summer months as they are out of school and spending more time driving or hanging around with their friends. Bicycle and motorcycle accidents also increase as more people ride bikes in the warm weather. Even car accidents increase during the summer as more people are on the roads for family vacations.

To reduce your chance of playing a part in one of these tragic events, follow these safe driving tips:

  • Don’t text or use a cell phone when driving, and certainly never drive drunk
  • Turn your lights on well before dark and whenever low light conditions exist (cloudy, foggy, or rainy weather)
  • Don’t speed or tailgate
  • Slow down for blind corners and never “cheat” on the inside or outside of the lane
  • To avoid semi truck accidents, stay out of their blind spots
  • Adjust your mirrors to the position you actually use when driving. Don’t sit up straight to adjust your mirrors if you drive slouched, as this can significantly increase your blind spots
  • Always check your blind spots before performing a maneuver

The key is to remember that there are more pedestrians, bicyclists, motorcyclists, and inexperienced drivers on the road in the summer months, all of which requires extra caution from you to avoid an accident.

And if you have been hurt or lost a loved one because another driver didn’t follow these rules, the Columbus car accident lawyers at Robert W. Kerpsack, CO LPA can help. Please call or email us today to learn how we can help you after your tragedy.