In many ways, California is one of the most walkable states in the nation. With great weather and little rain, most areas would be great for pedestrians – if only it weren’t for the rise in pedestrian deaths. While this is a problem that has been discussed for a few years, a recent study highlights just how serious the problem has gotten.
Keep reading to learn more about the study and the increase in pedestrian deaths. If you have been involved in a pedestrian accident, or a car accident, and you believe that someone else is at fault, contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for a free case evaluation.
More About the Study
The Governor’s Highway Safety Association recently released a report that covers all pedestrian fatalities in 2018. Unfortunately, the news is not good. More than 6,000 people died as the result of injuries caused by being hit by a vehicle. How bad is this? It’s an increase of more than 35% over the last decade. One of the interesting facts about this statistics is that all other categories of fatal car accidents are on the decline. California lost 432 of those 6,000 people.
Dangers to Pedestrians
The study found some specific situations in which a pedestrian is in greater danger. They include:
- Crossing in the middle of the street instead of at an intersection.
- Walking at night when drivers have a harder time seeing them.
The study also found many behaviors drivers engage in that make them more dangerous to pedestrians. They include:
- Driving while distracted.
- Driving while drowsy.
- Driving larger vehicles, such as SUVs, which are more likely to cause serious or fatal injuries.
- Drinking and driving.
If all pedestrians and all drivers took these facts into consideration, and take safety precautions as a result, the roads would likely be much safer.
It is Much More Dangerous to Drive at Night
Notably, many studies have shown that about 90% of fatal pedestrian accidents happen at night. We recommend that if you are going to walk at night, you wear bright clothing and carry some type of light or reflective equipment. That said, if it’s possible to avoid walking at night, then that is the best option.
Of course, nothing you do can keep you 100% safe all of the time. If you are injured in a pedestrian accident, or you lose a loved one, contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 to request a free legal case evaluation.