California is one of the most dangerous states in the country in terms of pedestrian accidents. According to R. Michael Bomberger, columnist for Avvo.com, there are over 60,000 pedestrian accidents in the United States each year. Five thousand people die in these accidents annually.
The most common type of pedestrian accident is when someone is crossing a road. The front end of the car typically strikes the pedestrian. The most vulnerable pedestrians include the elderly, small children, cyclists, skateboarders and people in a wheelchair or pushing a stroller.
The majority of pedestrian accidents occur on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. In many cases, the cause of the pedestrian accident is a distracted driver or a drunk driver. Males are more likely to victims than females. Elderly people are more likely to die from the injuries than younger adults and children.
Cross walks and intersections are the most common areas for these accidents to occur. Always remain alert and be aware of your surroundings when you are near a roadway, no matter how safe it may seem.
Injuries from a pedestrian accident can range anywhere from minor cuts and scrapes to traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury and death. You may be entitled to compensation.
Dudek Law Firm, APC—San Diego personal injury attorney.