A pedestrian was killed in National City when attempted to cross Interstate 805 on the morning of April 25, according to CBS8. The man, who may have been homeless according to witnesses, was struck by a vehicle and declared dead at the scene.
This is a tragic reminder of how vulnerable pedestrians are, particularly in urban areas and around highways. Keep these following pointers in mind for the next time you or your loved ones are hoofing it around the city:
- Senior pedestrians are at high risk. Pedestrians age 65 or older account for 19 percent of all pedestrian accident injuries, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
- Children are also at high risk. The CDC reports that in 2010, approximately twenty percent of all children between the ages of 5 and 9 killed in a traffic accident were pedestrians.
- Walking home intoxicated is not a safe alternative to driving. Alcohol was listed as a factor in 47 percent of all fatal pedestrian accidents—whether it was the motorist or the pedestrian.
There is more information on pedestrians and car accidents on our site. Call our firm for a free consultation at (858) 530-4800 if you or a loved one has been injured.
Tip of the week: According to the CDC, approximately 4,280 pedestrians were killed in traffic accidents in 2010.
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