Sadly, with the summer months coming to a head, pedestrian accidents have been surging through the region. Pedestrians and drivers need to be cautious around one another because failing to do so can lead to serious collisions that result in long-lasting consequences.
In the last few years, the number of pedestrian fatalities has grown significantly. Between 2009 and 2018, the number of pedestrians killed in crashes increased by a shocking 53%. Interestingly, the total number of other traffic deaths has actually dropped by 2%.
California is one of five states responsible for 47% of all pedestrian fatalities in the nation, according to the Governors Highway Safety Association and the State Highway Safety Offices. In fact, between 2009 and 2019, California has seen a 12% increase in pedestrian fatalities.
What can you do to help prevent pedestrian fatalities?
Seeing such an uptick in fatalities can feel shocking, but there are steps you can take to keep yourself safer. To start with, try these five tips.
- Only cross at cross streets or in crosswalks, since drivers are more likely to expect
- Always stay alert. Don’t use headphones or other devices that could limit your ability to hear or see what’s happening around you
- Never make the assumption that a driver is going to stop. Always make eye contact with drivers before crossing
- Be aware of drivers who are backing up or exiting driveways
- Don’t drink or do drugs before walking, since your judgment and abilities may be impaired
No matter what a pedestrian does to stay safe, there’s always the possibility that a distracted driver or someone speeding through an intersection will hit them. If you’ve been injured in a pedestrian accident or your loved one was killed, find out what it takes to get fair compensation for your losses.