When a pedestrian is struck by a vehicle, it often results in severe or fatal injuries. According to the NHTSA, in 2015, there were 5,376 pedestrian deaths in the U.S. This number accounted for 15% of all traffic fatalities. There were 742 pedestrian fatalities in California in 2015, which accounted for 23.14% of traffic fatalities.
Different types of driver negligence can lead to pedestrian accidents. These include:
- Disobeying traffic signals or signs
- Distracted driving
- Failing to yield to pedestrians’ right of way
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
In some cases, cities can be held responsible when there are conditions that lead to pedestrian injuries.
If you are walking and are hit by a motorist, you should seek immediate medical attention, even if your injuries do not seem severe. If you have been injured by a careless motorist in a pedestrian accident, a strong personal injury attorney on your side can get the compensation you deserve. Compensation in these cases can cover your medical bills (present and future), missed time at work, and more. The Law Office of David J. O’Neill knows how to get results for clients injured in pedestrian accidents. Complete our online contact form for a free consultation today. We serve clients throughout California.
New Initiatives Aimed at Reducing Pedestrian Accidents
In 2011, California had 625 pedestrian deaths, which accounted for 22 percent of all deaths in motor vehicle accidents, according to data from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. This is well above the national average, which shows that pedestrians accidents account for 13 percent of deaths in all traffic accidents.
The state has created many task forces aimed at addressing problems in the community. These groups are studying all potential methods of improvement, including making changes to roadways and educating residents on steps that they can take to improve safety.
These efforts mirror some of the actions taking place at the national level. Deaths in pedestrian accidents are high in many communities, and various federal agencies are proposing new strategies to address these concerns. The U.S. Department of Transportation has started a new program designed to decrease the amount of pedestrian deaths occurring throughout the country, and will make grant money available to those communities hardest hit by these accidents.
The agency is also concerned with the increase in pedestrian accidents that can be attributed to distracted walking. They have started new safety campaigns that increase awareness of some of the dangers of distracted walking for both pedestrians and motorists, which it hopes will make roadways safer.
Pedestrian Accident Settlements
In April, the city of Los Angeles agreed to pay a settlement of $9.5 million to the family of 15-year-old Naomi Larsen who was struck and killed by a taxicab driver. The settlement was unanimously approved by the city council. In their suit, the family argued that the city failed to address the “forseeable tragedy” by not providing a safe crosswalk for pedestrians leaving Dockweiler State Beach to get to their cars across the street.
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To ensure your safety, be sure to always walk on the sidewalk or in the crosswalk if available. Never assume drivers see you, and if possible, make eye contact with the driver. To learn how our experience and commitment to our clients’ welfare can benefit you in a pedestrian accident cases, call our office in San Luis Obispo at 805-542-0639.