How pedestrians can stay safe
While walking can be good for an individual’s health, it can also be dangerous. California pedestrians are advised to wear reflective material and pay increased attention at crosswalks or other intersections. On average, one pedestrian dies every two hours from an injury suffered while walking. In addition, more than 400 people will go to an emergency room every 24 hours for treatment of injuries suffered while walking and being hit by a vehicle.
Generally speaking, men are more likely than women to get hurt or killed in a pedestrian collision with a vehicle. While the risk of getting hurt tends to increase with age, those between the ages of 15 and 29 are most likely to be seen in an emergency room for their injuries. In just over a third of all cases,pedestrians who were killed in collisions with vehicles had a blood alcohol content of .08 percent or greater.
Children may be more likely to get hurt while walking compared to adults because of their size and lack of experience with traffic rules. They may also have a harder time determining how far away something is or how fast it is moving. This is why it may be a good idea for communities to create designated safe routes designed for children who are walking or biking to school.
Pedestrians who have the right of way and are struck by a negligent driver often suffer catastrophic injuries that require extensive hospitalization and months of rehabilitation during which they are unable to earn a living. A personal injury lawsuit filed with the help of a lawyer against the driver may result in a measure of financial relief for those and other losses incurred by the victim.