Improving pedestrian safety in California is everybody’s responsibility. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) Everyone is a Pedestrian campaign is aimed at raising awareness about the shared responsibility for pedestrian safety across the nation. Since pedestrians are one of the most vulnerable roadway user groups, it’s essential for motor vehicle drivers to share the road safely, and the most important thing drivers can do is make a commitment to distraction-free driving.
The Facts on Pedestrian Safety in The U.S.
- In 2016, there were 5,987 pedestrians killed in crashes in the U.S.
- A pedestrian was killed every 1.5 hours in the U.S. in 2016.
- Between 2015 and 2016, pedestrian fatalities increased by nine percent.
- In 2016, 16 percent of all traffic fatalities were pedestrians.
- 90 percent of pedestrian-involved traffic crashes involved only one vehicle, and pedestrians were more likely to be hit by the front of the vehicle than by the side or rear.
Safe Driving to Improve Pedestrian Safety
It’s no secret that distracted driving has become a deadly epidemic on roadways in California and all over the U.S. If drivers are looking at their phones, they’re not watching the road. A distracted driver is a dangerous driver. In the time it takes to check a text message, a driver could fatally hit a pedestrian, cyclist or other vehicle. Avoiding distractions behind the wheel is a great way to share the road safely with vulnerable roadway users like pedestrians.
Pedestrian Auto Accidents in California Cities
Without the added protection of a vehicle, or even a bicycle helmet, a pedestrian is at serious risk for catastrophic and even fatal injuries in collisions with motor vehicles. A pedestrian accident can leave you in the hospital and out of work for an extended period of time, but you may be entitled to compensation to cover medical bills, lost wages and other expenses associated with your injuries.
If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a pedestrian accident involving a dangerous or distracted driver in San Diego, along the Central Coast or in any of the nearby communities, contact the skilled and proven pedestrian accident attorneys at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. at 1.800.GO.HARRIS for a free case consultation today.