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California Designates September Pedestrian Safety Month

The State of California has designated September as “Pedestrian Safety Month.” The public safety campaign aims to remind drivers and pedestrians to always be aware of each other and share the road responsibly.

The campaign is also intended to draw attention to what public safety officials are calling a “pedestrian crisis” in California. In 2015, 813 pedestrians were killed on the state’s roadways, accounting for nearly 25 percent of all roadways deaths in the state, up from 17 percent just ten years earlier. Below are several other disturbing statistics from the California Office of Traffic Safety:

  • Over 12,000 pedestrians were injured in 2015.
  • Nearly 7,000 people died in pedestrian-related traffic incidents in California between 2006 and 2015.
  • Pedestrian fatalities account for nearly 25 percent of all roadway deaths in California.
  • California’s pedestrian fatality rate is almost 70 percent higher than the national average.
  • No state has more pedestrian deaths on its roadways than California.

The public education campaign, “Pedestrians Don’t Have Armor,” highlights the importance of pedestrian safety awareness, whether one is on foot or behind the wheel. It features characters, clad in body armor made from car parts, that represent everyday pedestrians. The message is that in real life pedestrians don’t have armor and always lose when hit by a vehicle, no matter who is at fault.

“This important issue impacts communities around our state, whether you’re the one behind the wheel or walking, we all need to pay closer attention to our surroundings,” said Rhonda Craft, director of the Office of Traffic Safety (OTS). “While traffic safety awareness is a year-round effort, designating September as Pedestrian Safety Month gives us the opportunity to really focus our education efforts and re-introduce Californians to these issues year after year.”

If you or someone you care about has suffered serious injury in a pedestrian crash, don’t hesitate to contact a San Diego injury lawyer at the Law Offices of Robert Vaage for a free consultation. After a serious California pedestrian accident, we can advocate on your behalf to help hold the negligent parties accountable for their actions and seek the compensation you deserve.