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California Sees Largest Increase in Pedestrian Deaths

Posted by sdcaraccidentlaw - March 31, 2017 4:09 pm

On Thursday, the Governors Highway Safety Association released a report showing that pedestrian deaths nationwide were at their highest number in more than four decades. The report also showed that California is one of the states with the most pedestrian-related fatalities in 2016. Overall, the report projected that in 2016 there was an 11 percent spike in pedestrian fatalities from the previous year.

Although in California there was an 11 percent decrease in pedestrian fatalities in the first half of 2016 compared with the same period in 2015, the state remains in the top of the list for the most fatalities. Chris Cochran, the assistant director of the state Office of Traffic Safety, attributes the ranking to the size of the state and its population. According to the report, California, New York, Florida, and Texas formed 42 percent of all pedestrian deaths in the first six months of last year.

The report gathered data on traffic deaths from all states and the District of Columbia for the first six months of 2016 and was extrapolated for the remainder of the year. Overall, pedestrian deaths are at an all-time high, increasing 25 percent from 2010 to 2015. Traffic deaths increased during that same period of time, but only by six percent. Since 2010, pedestrian fatalities have grown at four times the rate of overall traffic deaths. The report estimated there were 6,000 pedestrian deaths in 2016, but the complete data will be released later this year.

According to Kara Macek, the senior director of communications and programs for the Governors Highway Safety Association, some of the factors that contributed to these statistics are the thriving economy and the number of distracted drivers and pedestrians. According to the Wireless Association, the volume of wireless data used from 2014 to 2015 more than doubled. An important caveat is that most pedestrian fatalities occurred at night on roads designed for vehicles. Only one in five pedestrian fatalities happened at an intersection.

The Law Offices of Arash Khorsandi urges pedestrians to always adhere to all traffic rules and be mindful of the vehicles around. If you are walking at night, try to wear bright or reflective clothing and stay on the sidewalk. If you or a loved one was injured in a pedestrian accident, call 619-577-4957 today for a free consultation.





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