The number of fatal accidents involving motor vehicles and pedestrians held steady between 2016 and 2017, with the tally of pedestrian deaths for each year coming in at around 6,000.
While some may see it as a good sign that the number of fatal accidents did not increase, the fact that the number of pedestrian deaths is just as high as it was 25 years ago, prior to many upgrades in vehicle safety, is concerning.
It is too early to digest this report fully, but some are already saying that the un-encouraging numbers reflect an ongoing problem with distracted driving. Despite public service announcements and stepped up enforcement efforts, it seems many California drivers continue to use their cell phones or even computers while trying to operate their vehicles. Although it may seem innocent enough, this behavior is extremely dangerous when the end result is, possibly, striking an unsuspecting pedestrian.
Others also attributed the higher number of pedestrian to more incidents of drugged driving. With California’s legalization of marijuana, one can only expect to see more people on the road who have had too much marijuana to be able to driver safely, and these drivers will be more likely to not see pedestrians and hit them while they are in the street.
While no one wants to see their loved one involved in a pedestrian accident, these sorts of tragedies are at least financially easier to swallow when the victim, or the victim’s family, is able to have time to evaluate their legal options and consider filing a personal injury or wrongful death case. In particular, families of construction workers who get hit by cars while they are working in a construction zone may want to consider their options for recovery.
Source: USA Today, “Nearly 6,000 pedestrians killed in 2017 crashes, report says,” Nathan Bomey, Feb. 28, 2018.