With the emergence of new shopping centers, restaurants, and cafes in Woodland Hills, many residents are starting to appreciate the ability to walk to dinner, local boutiques, and more. Not only is walking eco-friendly, but it can be a nice way to get some exercise and take advantage of the warm Valley nights. Unfortunately, with the increase in pedestrians throughout Woodland Hills comes an increase in the number of pedestrian-related auto accidents.
Pedestrian accident statistics
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that in the United States a pedestrian is injured in an accident involving a motor vehicle every eight minutes, and that every 113 minutes, a pedestrian fatality occurs. According to the Los Angeles Times, California has had the country’s highest number of pedestrian fatalities for two years in a row. Indeed, about 700 pedestrians died in motor vehicle incidents in California in 2014 and 23% of all motor vehicle fatalities were pedestrians — well above the national average.
Not surprisingly, statistics show that time of day and day of the week can play a role in pedestrian accidents. For example, almost half of all pedestrian/car fatalities occur on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday night in the afternoon and evening hours. In accidents involving pedestrian fatalities, approximately 36% involved a driver who has been drinking.
Pedestrian safety tips
How can a pedestrian stay safe while at the same time enjoying his/her local community? Here are some tips for pedestrian safety:
- Look both ways before crossing the street
- Wear colorful clothing
- Do not jaywalk
- Walk on sidewalks and in designated crossing areas
While many people believe that because pedestrians have the right of way, a pedestrian can never be at fault for an accident, that is simply not the case. Both pedestrians and drivers in California have a legal responsibility to exercise reasonable care on the roads and highways. Anyone who fails to exercise such care, whether pedestrian or driver, can be considered negligent if their actions are the cause of a collision. This means if you were a driver or a pedestrian and you were injured by the careless or reckless acts of another driver or individual, you may have a legal claim. Speak with an experienced auto accident attorney to learn more.
In many cases, pedestrians are seriously injured when hit by a car. These injuries can be devastating and life-threatening. If you or a loved one was injured by a negligent driver, you may be able to recover medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.
To discuss your pedestrian accident case at no cost and with no obligation, contact experienced Woodland Hills pedestrian accident lawyer at Barry P. Goldberg today.