Fatal Pedestrian Accidents in California
Californians across the state enjoy a wide range of transportation options. Public transportation, cars, trucks, motorcycles, bicycles and pedestrians all share the roadways. However, pedestrians are at a significantly increased risk. Unlike other types of crashes, pedestrian collisions have actually increased over the last few years.
According to statistics, men are at the highest risk of dying in a pedestrian accident. More than 500 adult men died in pedestrian accidents in 2007. Boys are also at an increased risk: That same year, nearly 100 boys under 21 died in pedestrian accidents. Nearly 850 people died in pedestrian accidents that year. Most adults are at the greatest risk late in the evening and during the weekend while children tend to be at the highest risk after school and into the early evening hours.
These statistics are chilling, but pedestrian accidents are often highly avoidable. If you are a walker, you may have little control over how other roadway users behave and react, but you do have control over other factors. Ensuring that you are easily seen by passing drivers can help reduce your risk. Carry a flashlight when walking at night, and wear bright or reflective clothing every time you are out walking. Whenever possible, use marked crosswalks and sidewalks. If the road has no sidewalk, walk as far from traffic as possible and facing traffic. Cross only at marked intersections, and monitor traffic as you cross.
Pedestrian accidents can be physically and emotionally devastating. If you or someone you love has suffered as a result of a pedestrian accident, contact our California pedestrian accident attorney today to schedule your consultation.
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