Southern California may be known as the car haven of the state and even the country, but it may also be one of the hotspots for pedestrian fatalities as well. Statistics for 2012 from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show that more than 58 percent of all pedestrian fatalities in California that year took place in five southern counties.A simple online search returns all too many stories of motor vehicle accidents involving pedestrians. Some recent incidents include the following:
- Sun Valley crash: The Daily News ran a story about an accident in early June 2014 in which two female pedestrians were hit near Sun Valley Boulevard and Glenoaks Boulevard. One woman sustained minor injuries and the other was left in critical condition.
- San Fernando Valley crash: The local CBS news affiliate reported on a motorist who ran into three pedestrians at a public bus stop, killing one man and injuring the other two victims. The accident took place in the late morning on Sepulveda Boulevard.
- Pasadena accident: A young boy was killed when crossing the street on Colorado Boulevard with an adult. According to the CBS news report, the person driving the vehicle simply did not see the child.
These stories are not unique. Of the 58.33 percent of California’s 2012 pedestrian fatalities that took place in five southern counties, 30.39 percent happened in Los Angeles County alone.To understand the risk to area residents, it is important to know the facts as collected by the NHTSA. In 2012, 612 pedestrians died in all of California. Of those, 186 died in Los Angeles County. The counties with the next highest death rates were, in order, San Diego, Orange, San Bernardino and Riverside. Their fatality counts were 51, 42, 41 and 37, respectively.
To further illustrate the dangers, pedestrian deaths outnumbered motorcycle deaths in both the state and Los Angeles County. A total of 435 motorcyclists died in all of California and 109 of those died in Los Angeles County.Pedestrians are by nature at a greater risk for personal injury or death than their motorist counterparts. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicate that people on foot have a one-and-a-half-time greater chance of dying when involved in a car crash than people in vehicles. The rate of pedestrian deaths nationwide is roughly one death per every two hours.Persons affected by pedestrian accidents should always seek help from attorneys. Victims and family members deserve appropriate compensation. Getting professional assistance can help to provide this.To discuss an accident case with an experienced personal injury attorney, contact the Law Offices of Mauro Fiore, Jr., by calling 866-583-9564. We have offices in Los Angeles, Monrovia, West Covina and Palm Desert.