October 29, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- Hit-and-run tragedy highlights huge problem of pedestrian accidents in California
Health and fitness experts agree that it's important to get outside for some exercise every day, and walking is one of the best ways to do this. Autumn is a particularly nice time of year to enjoy a walk in California; unfortunately, the sidewalks can be dangerous for people walking in the Riverside and San Bernardino areas.
Our state's crowded roads and large population may contribute to one of the highest number of pedestrian accidents
in the country. The California Highway Patrol reports that there were a staggering 12,668 Californians injured in pedestrian crashes in 2010, and 623 people were killed. This, according to the Centers for Disease Control, amounts to about one pedestrian injury every eight minutes.
A sad reminder of the danger
Last August, an elderly man suffering from dementia was struck by a car and killed in Santa Ana. The driver fled the scene, but later turned himself in to police and now faces a hit-and-run charge. If the driver had stayed at the scene of the accident, he may have avoided the felony charge, says ABC Local.
It can be difficult for drivers to see people walking, especially at night. While it's important for drivers to always be aware of their surroundings, which include pedestrians near the roadways, some vehicle manufacturers are making impressive strides in technology that may help to save lives, according to USA Today. For example, BMW is working on a system that warns drivers if a person is in the vehicle's path at night and automatically stops the car; some of Toyota's models stop if a pedestrian is sensed in the roadway while the car is going 24 miles per hour or less; Honda is designing the hood of their vehicles to minimize pedestrian head injury.
Keeping pedestrians safe
Esurance has provided a few tips to help drivers avoid pedestrian accidents:
-Slow down at crosswalks and look for anyone crossing.
-Be careful when backing up, especially in a parking lot.
-Take care in dangerous driving conditions, such as darkness or bad weather.
-Look out for pedestrians in wheelchairs or with canes.
-Don't text or make calls while driving.
Additionally, it's important to understand that kids are especially vulnerable to getting hit by cars. Drivers should go slowly and keep a watchful eye out in places where kids will be, such as school zones, near playgrounds or in neighborhoods.
Contacting an attorney
Strict crosswalk and right-of-way laws exist to protect pedestrians from being hurt, but no law can completely prevent accidents. And since a pedestrian accident will usually result in serious injuries
or even death, medical and funeral bills can be overwhelming for victims and their families.
If you or your family has been impacted by a pedestrian accident, you have rights that can include being compensated for your losses. It's important to contact an experienced personal injury attorney right away to find out the legal steps you need to take during your recovery.
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