California Pedestrian Accident Statistics
Although the NHTSA has been working hard to reduce the number of traffic collisions, pedestrians are facing an increased risk of suffering fatalities in roadway collisions. In 2011, more than 4,000 people were killed in pedestrian accident. Every eight minutes a pedestrian is injured in a traffic collision. California leads the country in pedestrian accidents. In California, more than 800 people died in 2007.
Inclement weather is often a factor in traffic accidents. Rain, snow and sleet can all affect driving conditions and increase the amount of time it takes to stop. However, pedestrian accidents are the exception to the rule. Nine out of 10 pedestrian accidents occurred in normal weather.
Other factors do play roles in pedestrian accidents, however. Three out of four pedestrian fatalities occur outside marked intersections. Younger people are more likely to suffer injuries in the afternoon hours after school. Adults are at the greatest danger on the weekends and late at night. Men and boys face the highest risks and account for seven out of 10 fatalities.
Pedestrians may be extremely vulnerable on the road, but they can take steps to protect themselves. If you are a walker, check traffic before and while crossing the road. Maintain awareness of your surroundings at all times. Use sidewalks and crosswalks. If you must walk in the street, walk facing traffic. Wear brightly colored or reflective clothing whenever you walk, and carry a flashlight at night.
If you or someone you love has been hurt or killed in a pedestrian accident, contact our pedestrian accident lawyer in California for a free consultation.
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