A recent report by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) states that pedestrian fatalities increased 27% from 2007 to 2016. California had the highest number of pedestrian fatalities in the first half of 2016, with 359 deaths. What is behind this rise in pedestrian accidents?
Of course, the number of pedestrian fatalities varied widely among different states, with Wyoming reporting only one fatality in 2016. The combined number of pedestrian deaths in four states (New York, Texas, Florida, and California) accounted for 42 percent of pedestrian deaths nationwide. The report also found that 74 percent of pedestrian deaths happen at night when visibility is low.
Substance use also contributed to an increase in pedestrian fatalities. According to the GHSA report, 34 percent of pedestrian deaths are alcohol-related. For states that legalized recreational marijuana between 2012 and 2016, there was a 16.4 percent increase in pedestrian deaths in early 2017 in comparison to 2016.
Next Steps for California
Fortunately, California is already starting to implement strategies to reduce the number of pedestrian injuries and deaths. September has been designated as “Pedestrian Safety Month,” and funding is being allocated to educating the public around issues of pedestrian safety. Furthermore, California provides free safety assessments for areas with high numbers of pedestrian collisions.
Help When You Need It
As pedestrian accidents continue to rise, it is important for you to stay safe. If you or a loved one has suffered a personal injury and need help with next steps, contact Hales & Associates, A Professional Law Corporation in Murrieta today at (951) 489-3320. We offer free consultations and will work diligently to get you the benefits you need and deserve.