Recent evidence shows that pedestrian accidents are on the rise but the data is more jarring than that. Recent studies show that low-income neighborhoods in major cities are at a much higher risk of pedestrian accidents than more affluent neighborhoods. Keep reading to find out why this is. If you have been involved in a pedestrian or other type of accident, contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation.
The Working Public Were the Most Affected
Consider that in a four-year period between 2009 and 2013, almost two out of three pedestrian deaths and catastrophic injuries in Los Angeles were on just 6% of the city streets – almost all of which were arterials. These are the same roads that tend to have more bust orates and retail stores. Many of these roads have speed limits of more than 40 miles per hour.
These roads often have sidewalks that abut the travel lanes with almost no separation. They often do not have proper lighting and no median island, which makes them even more dangerous. One study showed that for all pedestrians, the death rate between 2008 and 2017 was 1.5 per 100,000 people nationwide. However, when the stats were adjusted for median income, those who made $36,000 or less saw a pedestrian death rate of 2.5 per 100,000 residents nationwide.
The Most Common Causes of Pedestrian accidents
There are dozens of reasons that pedestrian accidents happen but some are more common than others. A top reason is impaired driving. This involves a driver being under the influence of drugs or alcohol. This makes them more likely to get into an accident and much more likely to hit a pedestrian. It is often the case in these accidents that the impaired individual did not yield the right of way to the pedestrian.
Another major cause of pedestrian accidents is distracted driving. This happens when a driver is looking at their cellphone, talking on the phone, talking to someone else in the vehicle, eating, smoking, or otherwise not keeping 100% of their attention on the road.
In the state of California, drivers are required to yield the right of way to pedestrians who are crossing – whether the crosswalk is marked or not. When a pedestrian is distracted, not paying attention, or otherwise wanders into the street, they may be partially at fault for their accident.
Finally, some pedestrian accidents are caused by dangerous roadways. This may be a curve that does not offer reasonable visibility, potholes that cause a driver to lose control, or anyone of many other potential reasons for dangerous roadways.
If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident we strongly urge you to contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation.