When drivers are negligent or distracted, they may fail to detect a pedestrian
crossing the street. In California, accidents involving pedestrians are
particularly common. In fact, the state leads the country in pedestrian crashes.
In 2014, 700 pedestrians were killed in California, accounting for 23 percent
of the state’s motor vehicle fatalities. Even more concerning, the
number of pedestrian accident fatalities increased seven percent in the first half of 2015 compared with the year
before, according to a recent study.
Unfortunately, some of our most vulnerable populations are most at risk
for a San Diego pedestrian accident, including children and the elderly.
California Pedestrian Accident Risk High for Children
Small children are particularly at risk, because it is more difficult for
drivers to spot them. In addition, children do not always pay close attention
to crosswalk rules, or they may not hear a vehicle approaching. Tragically,
many California pedestrian accidents involving children are fatal.
For pedestrian accidents involving young children, the law requires drivers
to maintain a high level of awareness and safety when driving in areas
where small children may be present, such as schools and playgrounds.
Because the conduct of children may be unpredictable, i.e. darting into
the street to fetch a bouncing ball, vehicle drivers must exercise additional caution.
California Pedestrian Accident Risk High for Elderly
The elderly population is also more susceptible to pedestrian crashes.
Older people move more slowly, are more easily confused, and may not hear
traffic, which puts them at greater risk. Additionally, because of their
frailty or other existing medical problems, the elderly may face more
serious injuries if involved in an accident.
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.