Pedestrian accidents are on the rise in California. This increase could be due to several factors, but both drivers and pedestrians must be aware of the risks associated with sharing the road. The California Office of Traffic Safety reports that in 2015, 2,436 pedestrians were killed or injured in traffic accidents state-wide.
A recent study by the Governors Highway Safety Association revealed a 46 percent increase in pedestrian accidents between 2007 and 2016. This alarming trend is evident throughout the nation, but California has been hit particularly hard. California had the highest number of pedestrian accidents of any state in 2016.
How Can We Stop This Sharp Rise in Pedestrian Accidents?
Multiple factors contribute to pedestrian accidents, so there is no one answer to this question. Nevertheless, the following are examples of possible causes:
- Increased Population Density in Cities and Suburbs
In California, the number of pedestrian accidents has increased over the past five years. This may be attributed by some to the rising population density in cities and suburbs. There are more opportunities for pedestrians and drivers to interact as the population density increases.
- More People Walking and Using Public Transportation Due To High Gas Prices And The Recession
When gas prices exceeded $4 per gallon, the number of pedestrians killed or seriously injured in accidents increased by approximately 6%, according to the study. They also discovered that when gas prices were high, people were more likely to walk to their destinations, which led to an increase in accidents.
- More Distracted Drivers and Pedestrians Due To The Use Of Cell Phones And Other Electronic Devices
The increasing use of cell phones and other electronic devices has led to more distracted drivers and pedestrians. Drivers are distracted by cell phone conversations, texting, and electronic devices. Pedestrians are also distracted by cell phone conversations, texting, and electronic devices. Therefore, the use of mobile phones and other electronic devices by drivers and pedestrians is a significant safety concern.
What To Do After a Pedestrian Accident?
- Seek medical attention immediately for any injuries you may have sustained in the collision. It should be your first and foremost concern. Even if you do not believe you have sustained injuries, you must seek medical attention.
- After obtaining medical care, it is necessary to collect evidence from the accident scene. It contains photographs of the crime scene, witness contact information, and the police report.
- You must ensure that you keep track of all accident-related expenses, including medical care costs.
- The following step is to contact an experienced pedestrian accident attorney.
If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident, you must contact a skilled attorney as quickly as possible. They will be able to help you submit a claim and obtain the money that is rightfully yours. To find out more about our services, please visit Garcia and Phan or contact us at (714) 586-8298.