A few weeks ago, the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) participated in Walk to School Day to help promote active forms of transportation. Encouraging active transportation is important to Caltrans, because it helps to strengthen the community, reduce air pollution and increase safety and physical and mental well being for people. On October 29, 2018, Caltrans and other community partners teamed up with Nicholas Elementary School students to walk to school. Caltrans is encouraging active forms of transportation like walking and cycling to Californians of all ages.
U.S. Pedestrian Safety Facts
- In 2016, there were 5,987 pedestrians killed in traffic crashes across the nation.
- Between 2015 and 2016, there was a nine-percent increase in pedestrian fatalities on U.S. roadways.
- In 2016, 16 percent of all traffic fatalities were pedestrians.
- 90 percent of pedestrian-involved traffic crashes involved only one vehicle.
- One in five (20 percent) of all pedestrian fatalities were from hit-and-run drivers.
Improving Pedestrian Safety
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) also wants to get the word out about pedestrian safety. Their “Everyone is a Pedestrian” campaign is all about raising awareness about the dangers facing pedestrians on U.S. roadways. Even with crosswalks and high-visibility clothing, pedestrians are at risk for getting hit by drivers who aren’t paying attention to the road. Pedestrians are at the mercy of drivers in larger passenger occupant vehicles. Motorists are reminded to abstain from engaging in distracted behaviors behind the wheel. Pedestrians are everywhere, and if you’re looking at your phone, you’re not looking at the road.
Pedestrian Accidents Happen Too Often
Even at relatively low speeds, collisions involving pedestrians and motor vehicles can be catastrophic or fatal. Pedestrians are still one of the most vulnerable roadway user groups. After any type of pedestrian accident, it’s important to speak with a lawyer about your claim. You may be entitled to compensation to cover your medical bills and other expenses associated with your injuries.
If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a pedestrian accident in San Diego or anywhere along the Central Coast, contact the skilled team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. at 1.800.GO.HARRIS for a free case consultation today.