Between 2009 and 2013, the number of pedestrians killed by cars, trucks, and buses in the United States increased by fifteen percent; one in five of those pedestrian fatalities involved a hit-and-run. One pedestrian is killed every two hours in the United States. In August, the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) issued a report titled, “Everyone Walks: Understanding and Addressing Pedestrian Safety.” The report advises states to adopt “move-over laws” to address the large number of fatalities involving people who are struck while stopped on a roadside.
The most frequently-injured pedestrians are not shoppers and office workers crossing intersections in crowded urban settings; rather, they are motorists changing tires by the side of a highway, motorists inspecting their stalled vehicles, road construction workers, and police officers conducting traffic stops or accident investigations. If you’re injured this way as a pedestrian in southern California by a negligent car, bus, or truck driver, you are entitled to complete reimbursement for your medical treatment and related expenses. After this kind of mishap, discuss the accident and your injuries at once with an experienced Pasadena personal injury lawyer.
Another group of pedestrians who are injured in disproportionate numbers are pedestrians who are intoxicated. In 2013, one-third of pedestrians age 16 or older killed by cars, buses, and trucks had a blood-alcohol content level of 0.08 percent or higher. Distracted walking has also emerged in the last fifteen years as a growing concern, especially for teenagers who are texting or wearing ear plugs. The GHSA report had good news and bad news for California. The good news is that no California city is in the nation’s top ten cities for pedestrian fatality rates. The bad news is that four California cities – Fresno, San Jose, San Francisco, and San Diego – are in the top twenty. If you are injured as a pedestrian – anywhere in southern California, now or in the future – by a negligent car, bus, or truck driver, contact an experienced Pasadena personal injury lawyer immediately.