The California Highway Patrol (CHP) and the California Office of Traffic Safety are working together to focus on improving pedestrian and cyclist safety across the state. The California Pedestrian and Bicyclist Safety Enforcement and Education Project IV is running from October 1, 2016 to September 30, 2017. This grant-funded program will include educational activities to teach traffic safety to pedestrians, cyclists and motor vehicle drivers. There will also be a special emphasis on school zones and the safety of child pedestrians and cyclists during the school year.

Pedestrian Safety in California

According to the CHP, pedestrians accounted for almost 25 percent of all roadway deaths each year in the State of California. Cyclists account for about four percent of all roadway deaths annually. The CHP and the California Office of Traffic Safety hope to reduce the number of these deaths by increasing awareness, educating the public and enhancing enforcement operations in targeted high-risk areas. Additional officers will be deployed to locations that have been identified has having a higher rate of pedestrian and cyclist injuries and fatalities. Their educational activities will raise awareness for ways that pedestrians, cyclists and motorists can make the roads safer for everyone.

U.S. Cyclist and Pedestrian Crash Facts

* An estimated 65,000 pedestrians were injured in 2014.

* In 2014, there were 4,884 pedestrians killed in crashes.

* In 2014, on average, a pedestrian was killed every two hours and injured every eight minutes in crashes across the nation. * In 2014, 726 cyclists were killed in traffic crashes.

* Approximated 50,000 cyclists were injured in 2014.

Pedestrian and Bicycle Accidents in San Diego

Injuries involving motor vehicles, even at relatively low speeds or in parking lots and residential areas, can be devastating, catastrophic and even fatal for pedestrians and cyclists. These two groups continue to be some of the most vulnerable roadway users in California and across the United States. After a bicycle or pedestrian accident, it’s essential to get in touch with a personal injury lawyer about your case.

If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a bicycle accident or a pedestrian accident in San Diego, the Central Coast or in any of the surrounding communities, contact the skilled team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. at 1.800.GO.HARRIS for an immediate free consultation.

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