An increase in car accident pedestrian injuries at zebra and traffic light crossings in Queensland has been connected to drink driving and drivers not paying attention to the road.
A 30-year-old man was recently struck by a vehicle when he was waiting to cross at pedestrian lights during his lunch break in Brisbane’s west.
The vehicle was speeding and when the driver swerved to miss another vehicle, it mounted the footpath and collided with the man waiting at the lights.
The man suffered injuries to his neck, hip and ankle, forcing him to take time off work.
Another similar incident occurred at Annerley in Brisbane’s south when an 80-year-old woman was hit by a vehicle. The driver left the scene and police are still investigating.
A man in Townsville was also struck at a zebra crossing by a driver who was found to be more than two times over the legal blood alcohol limit.
More injured pedestrians have lodged personal injury claims leading to a call for pedestrians to be more alert and not to just assume it is safe to cross a road.