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.