Los Angeles and California have some of the highest number of pedestrian injuries and fatalities year after year. Why is it so dangerous to be a pedestrian in these areas? Each year, thousands of people are killed and/or seriously injured after being hit by vehicles while walking through their daily routine.
Per the Governors Highway Safety Association, in 2016 an estimated 5,997 individuals were killed nationwide after being hit by a car. This is a 11% increase in comparison with the number of pedestrians killed in 2015. It should be no surprise that many of these accidents occur between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and midnight, while it is dark outside and there is still high volume of drivers on the road. Additionally, it is during these hours we see more drivers under the influence of drugs or alcohol. It is estimated that 15% of fatal accidents involve drivers who have blood alcohol concentrations of 0.08 percent (the legal limit) or more.
California's Pedestrian Problem
Out of all of the states, California had the highest number of pedestrian deaths in 2016 with a whopping 359 pedestrians killed just within the first six months of that year! California was followed by Texas with 322 deaths and Florida with 301 deaths.
Why is California More Dangerous Than Other States?
California is a big state with many large urban areas, such as Los Angeles and San Francisco. Also, aside from the culpability on the driver's end, many pedestrians are becoming more careless. For example, people are staring downwards reading or watching cell phones more and more without exercising proper caution when crossing the roads. Drivers are also distracted with their phones and other 'smart' technology in cars. Traffic congestion, a problem infamous in California and Los Angeles, also is a factor in these high pedestrian collision numbers.
Thankfully, California is taking measures to produce more educational materials on the issue of pedestrian safety and also are enforcing laws that are aimed at address factors that contribute to collisions, such as a jay-walking.
If you or someone you know has been injured while walking in the street, contact the law offices of Scott J. Corwin to learn more about your rights and what can be done.