South Charlotte residents are demand changes to a local bus stop after a man was killed crossing the street after getting off the bus. The 51-year-old man was hit and killed while crossing Steel Creek Road after getting off the city bus.

Since the accident, residents of the nearby Steel Creek Senior Living held a meeting with Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department and transit officials in connection with the issue. To get to the bus stop, residents have to cross a busy two lane street that intersects with Branch Bend Lane.  Many residents with walkers and wheelchairs are too scared to cross the street, especially after the accident.

Transit officials and CMPD have inspected the area and are looking into proposed changes; however, funding for the construction may be an obstacle at the moment, according to a local Pedestrian Crossing Committee.

Studies conducted in 2010 revealed that 4,280 pedestrians were killed and an estimated 70,000 were injured in traffic crashes in the U.S.  On average, a pedestrian was killed every 2 hours and injured every eight minutes in traffic collisions.  Road safety is a responsibility for all road users, drivers and pedestrians alike.  However, pedestrians can take extra precautions to ensure that the inherent vulnerability of walking around motor vehicles can be mitigated as much as possible.  If you are a pedestrian traveler, be sure stay visible to drivers by wearing bight and/or reflective clothing and carrying a flashlight.  Walk and stand clear of buses, hedges, parked vehicles, and other hazards before crossing.

 When you or someone you love has been involved in a serious accident, the Personal Injury Attorneys of Reeves, Aiken, and Hightower can be there to assist you on your path to recovery.  We can investigate all aspects of the accident and hold all parties accountable for your loss. Call us today and speak directly with one of our lawyers at 704-499-9000 or 877-374-5999 toll-free.