Southern California is a beautiful part of the country to walk around in, from its beautiful beaches to its vibrant cities. These reasons bring many pedestrians out, but with such a dense population there is an increased risk of pedestrian accidents as well. Here are some facts and pointers about pedestrian accidents:
- Every year in the US, approximately 60,000 pedestrians are injured after being struck by a car. 5,000 pedestrians are killed.
- Pedestrian accidents are most common at intersections in urban areas, but they occur everywhere.
- An increase of trucks and large SUVs on the roads have lead to more catastrophic injuries and fatalities, particularly amongst the elderly and young.
- Drivers are often cited—not always—in these accidents. Citations include reckless driving, failure to yield, failure to stop at crosswalks and driving under the influence.
- Always be careful around roadways, never assume that drivers see you and will yield. Cross at crosswalks and wear clothing that makes you visible if you are out at night.
- Do not walk alone if you have been drinking—a shockingly high number of pedestrians involved in accidents are drunk.
Keep all these statistics and pointers in mind when walking around Southern California. Remember, you don’t want to become another statistic!
Dudek Law Firm, APC—San Diego personal injury attorney.