Pedestrian Safety Awareness in California
Motorists in San Diego and along the Central Coast are all too familiar with injury-causing and deadly pedestrian accidents. Barely a week goes by without another fatal or catastrophic pedestrian accident in the news. It’s not just California either. Pedestrians are one of the only roadway user groups that continue to see an increase in fatal and injury-causing crashes each year. Thanks to safety technology advances, drivers and passenger occupants are getting safer and safer, but it’s getting deadlier every day to be a pedestrian in the U.S.
Everyone is a Pedestrian
Pedestrian safety is a topic that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is continuously trying to promote. Their “Everyone is a Pedestrian” safety campaign is aimed at raising awareness about the dangers facing pedestrians on U.S. roadways each day. From distracted drivers to drunk drivers, pedestrians are vulnerable on our roads. They’re in danger even when wearing high-visibility clothing, acting predictably and using crosswalks.
Pedestrian Crashes 2014: The Facts
• On Average, a pedestrian was killed every two hours.
• A pedestrian was injured every seven minutes.
• 14 percent of all traffic fatalities were pedestrians.
• Three percent of those injured in traffic crashes were pedestrians.
Put Down the Phone
One of the biggest dangers facing pedestrians is the nationwide epidemic of distracted driving. If drivers aren’t paying attention to the road, they’re not going to see a pedestrian in a crosswalk. They may swerve onto the sidewalk or shoulder. It only takes an instant of inattention to make a deadly mistake.
After a Pedestrian Accident
After a pedestrian accident, you should speak with a skilled personal injury lawyer to get the ball rolling on your case. Whether you’re in the hospital recovering from injuries, or you have just lost a loved one due to a careless driver, a lawyer can help guide you through a difficult time. You shouldn’t have to worry about where the money is going to come from to pay medical bills.
Pedestrian Killed in Escondido Crash
Early Saturday morning, a pedestrian was struck and killed in Escondido. According to NBC San Diego News Channel Seven, the incident happened just before 5:00 a.m. on the 2300 block of East Valley Parkway. The victim, 59-year-old Richard Allen Hensley, was found unresponsive in the roadway. He was apparently hit by some type of truck.
Sadly, he died as a result of his injuries over the weekend. Law enforcement officials are still investigating the crash, but there’s no word on whether or not they have a suspect or a particular make and model of truck they’re looking for. Anybody with information is being asked to come forward.
Highway 101 Injury Crash
On Monday night, there was a multi-car crash near Buellton on Highway 101. There were reportedly up to five vehicles involved in the crash. According to Santa Barbara’s Noozhawk, the wreck happened sometime before 10:00 p.m. in the northbound lanes, around the Three Bridges area.
First responders were swiftly on the scene, where at least four people were injured, and one of the victims had to be extricated from a vehicle. Light rain was reported, but there’s no word on whether or not that had anything to do with the wreck. Very few details have been released, and this crash is likely still under investigation with law enforcement authorities.
Automatic Emergency Braking Systems for New Cars
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has recently issued a press release regarding state-of-the-art technology that is expected to save lives across the nation. U.S. Transportation Secretary Foxx announced his plan to add two automatic emergency braking systems to recommended vehicle advanced technology features. These cutting-edge braking safety systems will fall under the New Car Assessment Program (NCAP), which is aimed at implementing safety innovations that have saved over 600,000 lives over the last half-century.
Automatic Emergency Braking Systems
There are two different automatic emergency braking systems, which are basically designed to engage to help the driver mitigate or avoid a crash. Crash Imminent Braking (CIB) and Dynamic Brake Support (DBS) are designed to automatically apply the vehicle’s brakes or supplement the existing braking system in order to prevent or lessen the impact of a crash.
Officials with the NHTSA report that one-third of all police-reported wrecks in 2013 involved some type of rear-end collision. They also found that a large portion of the drivers involved with rear-end crashes did not apply the brakes at all or did not apply them enough prior to the wreck. The Automatic Emergency Braking Systems could greatly impact the number and severity of rear-end crashes in California and across the nation.
In addition to high-tech automatic braking systems, the NHTSA has also announced implementation of vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) technology. This means our vehicles could be communicating with each other in the near future. Initial trials have already been conducted around the country. We also have the NHTSA to thank for automobile safety advances like seat belts, air bags and electronic stability control.
After a Car Accident in San Diego
After any kind of car accident, it’s a good idea to speak with a personal injury lawyer about your options. Whether you were rear-ended by a distracted driver or broadsided by an alcohol-impaired driver, you need to get back on your feet and back to your regularly scheduled life.
Bicyclist Injured by Unlicensed Driver
On Thursday morning, a bicyclist was struck and injured by an unlicensed driver in Santa Maria. According to Santa Barbara’s Noozhawk, the incident happened near College Drive and Betteravia Road. Apparently, the cyclist was on the east shoulder of College Drive, when he was hit by a pickup truck being driven by an unlicensed driver.
Thankfully, the bicycle rider was wearing a helmet, but he still had to be airlifted to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital for treatment of major injuries. There’s no word on his current condition, but the unlicensed driver was cited, and his vehicle was impounded.
Tow Truck Driver Struck and Killed
Last Saturday, a pickup truck hit and killed a tow truck driver and injured another in San Marcos. According to ABC News Channel 10, the incident happened at about 7:00 a.m. on State Route 78, when two tow truck drivers were helping another motorist with a flat tire. As they were beside the roadway, a 2003 Ford F-250 veered into their path.
The large pickup truck struck both tow truck drivers, and the driver of the broken down vehicle. One of the tow truck drivers died on the scene, and the other was taken to the hospital for multiple fractures and massive internal injuries. The car driver was also injured in the wreck.
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TireWise Safety Tips
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) TireWise safety campaign offers drivers important safety tips for choosing and maintaining their tires. The TireWise campaign is aimed at raising awareness about tire safety, purchasing the right tires for your vehicle, and maintaining those tires for years of safe service. Not maintaining your tires or purchasing the wrong set of tires can lead to dangerous and deadly wrecks.
Tire Safety Facts
• On average, there are nearly 11,000 tire related crashes across the U.S. each year.
• Nearly 200 people die in those crashes.
• U.S. drivers put more than 2,969 billion miles on their tires.
Tire Shopping Tips
Before shopping for tires, check your car’s owner’s manual to find out about tire and loading information. Shoppers are encouraged to choose a tire based on what type of weather they plan on driving in. Motorists in San Diego and across the Central Coast will do well to shop all-season tires and summer tires. If you have a four-wheel drive vehicle, check out the all-terrain tires available. You should also determine when your tire was made to make sure it’s not too old. The last four digits on the tire’s sidewall will typically be the week and year it was manufactured.
Tire Maintenance Tips
Check the air pressure and tread wear on your tires regularly. Not only will this keep you safely navigating the roadways, it will also save you money at the pump. Properly inflated tires will also extend the life you get out of them, which also saves money in the long run. Being safe and saving money are two important reasons to maintain your tires on a regular basis. Many gas stations now offer free air pumps too, so you’ve got nothing to lose.
Tire Complaints and Recalls
If you think a faulty or defective tire was responsible for your accident, you need to file a complaint immediately. You can contact the tire’s manufacturer and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. It can take months to years for some manufacturers to issue a recall. Additionally, you can also use the NHTSA’s online recall search engine to see if your tires are currently under a recall.
Multi-Car Crash near Alameda Park
On Sunday, at least one person was injured in a multi-car crash near Alameda Park. According to Santa Barbara’s Noozhawk, the incident happened at the intersection of Santa Barbara Street and Sola Street. For currently unknown reasons, a Toyota Camry pushed a Toyota Tacoma into a parked truck.
The impact was so forceful that the parked truck hit another parked vehicle. The driver of the Tacoma was transported to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital for treatment of injuries. There’s no word on her condition or whether or not anybody else was injured in the crash. Thankfully, the two people who were unloading items from the parked pickup truck were able to jump out of the way before it was hit by the Tacoma.
Driver Asleep at the Wheel in San Diego
Earlier this week, a woman fell asleep behind the wheel and crashed on Genesee Avenue. According to NBC Channel Seven News, a seven-year-old boy was seriously injured in the wreck. Just before 2:00 p.m., a 39-year-old female driver fell asleep while heading westbound on Genesee Avenue.
Her Honda Civic veered off of the road and hit a tree. She was not injured, but her seven-year-old son, a passenger in the car, suffered from serious internal injuries. Thankfully, those injuries were not expected to be life threatening, but there’s no word on his current condition. This crash is likely still under investigation with the San Diego Police Department’s traffic unit.
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