With the clocks turned back, we have entered the deadliest months of the
year for San Diego pedestrians. Since the evening commute now takes place
after sunset, pedestrians and drivers should exercise caution.
According to a 2014 safety study, pedestrians in San Diego are most likely
to be struck by vehicles between September and January. The study found
December was the most dangerous month of the year, accounting for 11 percent
of all collisions. By comparison, the fewest number of pedestrian crashes
occurred in May and June; each accounted for six percent of the total
number of collisions.
Voice of San Diego reports, the San Diego pedestrian study also analyzed who was at fault for the
collisions and concluded that drivers were most frequently to blame. During
the four-year study period, drivers were determined to be at fault in
1,093 crashes, whereas pedestrians were at fault for 743. High risk behaviors
by drivers included improper turns, failure to stop, and excessive speed.
When pedestrians were to blame, the most common contributors were improperly
attempting to cross and failing to pay attention to traffic.
As for where pedestrian crashes most frequently occur, the study revealed
that the busiest and most population-dense neighborhoods are the most
dangerous. The following community planning areas experienced the most
crashes: downtown, City Heights and southeastern (which includes Sherman
Heights, Grant Hill and Logan Heights). When controlling for population,
the researchers found that Midway-Pacific Highway, Barrio Logan, and downtown
had the highest pedestrian collision rates, per capita.
Given the hazards of traveling during the darker winter months, drivers,
pedestrians, and cyclists must be extra vigilant. For drivers, it is important
to slow down and eliminate any potential distractions. Meanwhile, pedestrians
and cyclists should take steps to make themselves more visible, such as
carrying a flashlight or wearing reflective clothing.
If you or someone you love has suffered serious injury in a California
pedestrian accident, don’t hesitate to contact
a San Diego injury lawyer at the Law Offices of Robert Vaage for a free
consultation. We have the knowledge and experience to obtain the compensation
that injury victims deserve.