A recent early-morning accident in Pleasanton on Highway 680 took the life of a pedestrian. The accident was reported just before 4:00 a.m.
As a result, the freeway was shut down and the morning rush hour was backed up for miles. According to KTVU, the California Highway Patrol is still investigating the accident and trying to determine why the man was on the busy freeway. Lanes were closed from 4:00 a.m. through 5:30 a.m.
"We are attempting to contact his (the victim) family (to find out why he was on the freeway)," said Officer David Hernandez with the California Highway Patrol. "We have not located a (broken down) vehicle on the freeway."
Our Los Angeles accident lawyers understand the risks that pedestrians face in our state. Year after year, we report the most pedestrian fatalities in the entire country. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were close to 600 people who were killed in pedestrian accidents in California in 2010. These accidents accounted for more than 22 percent of the total people killed in traffic accidents throughout the entire year.
If you or someone you love has been involved in a pedestrian accident, you have to cooperate with officers and other authorities to make sure that they accurately record the events of the accident. Regardless of who is at fault, it's critical for you to contact an experienced attorney to help you to protect your rights. Getting in touch with an attorney will help you collect all of the evidence that you need to ensure that you're rights are protected.
Unfortunately, pedestrian accidents are some of the most severe in terms of injury. Pedestrians have virtually no protection from the size, the weight, the power and the impact of a motor vehicle. It's pedestrians who are injured most, and killed, in these kinds of accidents. Pedestrians can easily sustain injuries that can last a lifetime.
The risks of these types of accidents continue to increase as transportation officials push walking and other modes of environmentally friendly travel as a means of reducing traffic congestion. According to the NHTSA, the number of pedestrian accidents has jumped nearly 5 percent from 2009 to 2010.
Most Dangerous Areas in California for Pedestrian Accidents (2000 to 2009):
-Los Angeles/Long Beach/Santa Ana: More than 2,500 fatalities.
-Riverside/San Bernadino/Ontario: Close to 950 fatalities.
-San Fransisco/Oakland/Fremont: Close to 700 fatalities.
According to Transportation For America, these accidents cost the state of California close to $300 million during this time.
Pedestrians need to be aware of their surroundings at all times. Try to walk only in areas that have sidewalks and crosswalks. Avoid walking during the evening and early morning hours. You want to make sure that motorists see you. Always look both ways before crossing the street and make eye contact before doing so. Safe walking habits have the ability to keep you alive on our busy California roads.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a traffic accident, contact personal injury attorney Vincent Howard to set up a free and confidential consultation to discuss your case. Call (800) 872-5925.
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