A Growing California Issue
According to California’s Office of Traffic Safety, pedestrian accidents have been on the rise since 2014. In just a four-year span, traffic fatalities from pedestrian crashes increased by over 26% totaling near 900 in 2018 alone. This makes the Golden State the number one leader of pedestrian accidents in the country, with a rate 25% higher than the national average.
Where and When You Should Be Cautious
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that over 14,000 pedestrians were killed on California roads between 1999 and 2018, accounting for 14.5% of all pedestrian accidents in the United States. Along with this, the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) keeps track of the characteristics surrounding these collisions. Here is what they found:
- Nearly 79% of all pedestrian accidents happen in urban areas.
- 73.8% of these accidents happen at non-intersections.
- Over 75% occur at night.
- Saturday is the most common day of the week for these collisions, followed by Friday and Sunday.
- 2018 saw the highest number of pedestrian deaths, with 2009 being the lowest.
In addition to the time and location of these accidents, they keep track of many other important characteristics, including:
- The age group recording the highest number of pedestrian deaths is 55 to 64.
- 42% of these accidents involve some form of alcohol impairment by either the pedestrian or motorist.
Pedestrian accidents are far too common and occur when you least expect them to. If you are going on a run or walking out and about at night, make sure you are aware of your surroundings and be cautious when crossing roadways.
Pedestrian Accident? Contact our Huntington Beach Attorney
In a city with close proximity to beaches, we see hundreds of pedestrian accidents and injuries each year. If you or a loved one is suffering from an injury resulting from being struck by a vehicle, call Manning Law, APC today. We have decades of experience in recovering millions of dollars for our clients and will fight to achieve maximum compensation. Call (800) 783-5006 to schedule your consultation.