The number of pedestrian fatalities has been dropping over the last decade, until we got to 2010. According to the most recent statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the number of pedestrian fatalities is up close to 15 percent. During 2010, there were nearly 4,300 people who were killed while walking near vehicular traffic in the U.S.
When you break it down, that means that a pedestrian was injured every 8 minutes and one was killed every 2 hours.
According to The Washington Post, road design has much to do with these accidents. Nowadays, roadways across the nation are being built to accommodate fast-traveling vehicular traffic. Everyday life is on the go, go, go and travelers are forgetting about our more vulnerable -- pedestrians.
Our Los Angeles pedestrian accident lawyers understand that our state ranked one of the most dangerous states in the country for these kinds of accidents. It's typically states with warmer weather, that welcomes residents and visitors to the outdoors, that see more pedestrian injuries and fatalities.
There seems to be no relief in sight either. Pedestrian and traffic campaigns continue, but without cooperation from travelers, they're virtually useless. We're asking everyone to be a little more cautious of their traveling habits and to be safer to help to protect our friends, our family members, our neighbors and whoever else might be out on our streets.
Common Characteristics of Pedestrian Accidents:
-Most fatal pedestrian accidents occur during the evening hours (about 70 percent).
-Most fatal pedestrian accidents happen in perfect weather conditions (about 90 percent), meaning that there was no rain or snow to blame the accident on.
-Close to 15 percent of fatal pedestrian accidents involved a drunk driver.
-About 35 percent of fatal pedestrian accidents involved a pedestrian under the influence of alcohol.
One of the best ways to avoid an accident is to make sure that other travelers know where you're heading. Make your maneuvers predictable!
"Make sure motorists understand what you're trying to do," said Santa Monica City Traffic Engineer Sam Morrissey.
Safety Tips for California Pedestrians:
-Always look both ways before crossing the street.
-Listen for cars before crossing the street, too.
-Never step onto the road or step into a crosswalk when a vehicle is approaching.
-Always cross the road at an intersection. Use a crosswalk whenever possible.
-Wear bright colors when walking at night.
-Make your maneuvers as predictable as possible.
-Obey all road rules.
-Be careful in parking lots, too. Walk in a parking lot as you would on the street.
-Only attempt to cross the street when your feel comfortable doing so and when you know you can safely get across without rushing.
Drivers need to be cautious, too. Remember to keep an eye out for pedestrians along our streets, especially along roads near schools and neighborhoods. Slow down when entering crosswalks and drive with your lights on to help you to better see pedestrians. Your driving habits have a huge impact on the safety of these travelers. Practice safe habits to help keep our on-foot traffic safe!
If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident, contact personal injury attorney Vincent Howard today for a free and confidential consultation to discuss your rights. Call (800) 872-5925.
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