With its wonderful scenery, beautiful weather, and home to many of the countrys top tourist attractions, California is a pedestrians paradise. However, California is also prone to traffic congestion and thousands of miles of roads, which can lead to pedestrian/motor vehicle crashes.
Unfortunately, California is one of the top four states for pedestrian fatalities (the other three are Florida, Texas and New York). Those four states combined make up 41 percent of the pedestrian fatalities in the U.S. In the U.S. in 2010, there were 4,280 pedestrian deaths, and 84,000 pedestrian injuries as a result of a pedestrian/vehicle crashes.
So which pedestrians are likely to be killed in crashes? Among those pedestrian fatalities, almost 70 percent are male. About 75 percent of the crashes occur in urban areas, and almost half occur on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday. About 70 percent occur between 4 p.m. and 4 a.m. Young children and the elderly are the most at risk for being struck by motor vehicles or killed in pedestrian/motor vehicle collisions.
If you are planning on walking in an urban area, there are some things you can do to avoid getting involved in an accident with a vehicle. Wear high visibility clothing, especially at night. Stay in well-lit areas. Pay attention to your surroundings. Make eye contact with drivers that are close enough to constitute a hazard, and only cross at crosswalks.
As a driver, there are also measures you can take to avoid hitting pedestrians. Driver inattention is one of the most common causes of pedestrian/motor vehicle crashes. Put the cell phone away! Dont drive if you have been drinking or using any drugs that may impair your abilities. Look both ways before you make a turn or exit a parking lot. Also, reduce your speed the faster you are going at the time of a crash, the more likely the pedestrian is to suffer serious injuries or to die.
Unfortunately, if you are involved in a motor vehicle accident as a pedestrian, you are at risk for serious injuries or death. Pedestrians who are hit by a vehicle can suffer broken bones, traumatic brain injuries, paralysis, spinal cord injuries, and more. If you have suffered injuries in a pedestrian/motor vehicle accident, call Don Sjaarda, California pedestrian injury attorney at 714-963-8216.
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