One man died in a pedestrian accident in Bakersfield on January 23, according to ABC News. Around 5 a.m., a car struck the pedestrian, identified as 56-year-old Juan J. J Martinez.
Martinez was crossing at an intersection when he was struck by silver a Ford Thunderbird. The driver told police officers he attempted to swerve to miss the pedestrian but was unable to react in time. The pedestrian was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver will not be facing charges, according to California Highway Patrol officer Robert Rodriguez.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were 4,280 deaths from pedestrian accidents and over 70,000 injuries in 2010. Pedestrians account for over 13 percent of traffic fatalities despite only accounting for 10 percent of travelers.
Pedestrians are much more vulnerable than other motorists and more likely to be killed. Please contact our firm for a free consultation if you or a loved one has been in a pedestrian accident.
Tip of the day: If you are walking at night avoid wearing dark colored clothing. Make yourself as visible as possible to motorists.
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