Just four states accounted for over 40% of the nation’s pedestrian traffic fatalities in 2013. Unfortunately, according to preliminary data, California will again be among those four states for 2014 with exactly 250 pedestrians killed in accidents during the first half of the year.
According to the Governors Highway Safety Association, California led the country in 2013 for pedestrian traffic deaths with over 700 fatalities. For the data available for January to June 2014, Florida outpaced our state with nearly 300 deaths stemming from vehicle collisions.
Pedestrians are significantly more prone to serious injury than other types of travelers. When a vehicle hits a person on foot, even at low speeds the outcome can be traumatic. Risk of an accident where a pedestrian is hurt or killed can increase due to a variety of factors, including:
- Excessive speed
- Night driving
- Traffic congestion
- Drunk driving
- Distracted driving
- Insufficient crosswalks
- Malfunctioning traffic lights and crossing signals
- Excessively narrow roads
Though elements like poor visibility and bad weather can play a part in accidents involving pedestrians, in many cases the person on foot gets hit because the driver is behaving carelessly. Poor maintenance and design of roads can also be a factor.
If someone you love was injured or killed in a pedestrian collision, Carlsbad accident attorney Zev Rubinstein can help your family pursue the compensation you deserve. The Rubinstein Law Group has been serving Southern California for over 25 years. Call us today at (855) 365-9955 for a free review of your case.