Pedestrian Accident Statistics: Know Your Risk

Walking down the sidewalk, through a parking lot, or across the street are an everyday activity for most individuals. But many pedestrians face certain dangers and risks, especially in a busy environment such as San Diego, CA. Our attorneys can explain pedestrian accident statistics so you are more aware of the potential for being involved in an accident and how important it is to hold negligent parties responsible for their actions. If you were injured in a pedestrian accident, contact San Diego Injury Lawyer today to discuss your case.

Facts About Pedestrian Accidents

Photo of a pedestrian in a crosswalkPedestrian accidents occur every day across the nation. The facts surrounding this type of incident include significant statistics such as:

  • Pedestrian injuries rose by 14.8 percent over a 10-year period (2006 to 2015)
  • While traffic accident fatalities fell significantly during that same 10-year period, pedestrian fatalities increased by 12 percent
  • Nearly three-quarters of all fatal pedestrian accidents occur in urban areas, such as San Diego
  • More than a quarter of these fatal accidents occur around dusk, when it is most difficult to see
  • While more than a quarter of pedestrians killed in accidents had a blood alcohol content (BAC) over the legal limit, less than a quarter of the drivers involved were drunk

When involved in an accident, pedestrians are far more likely to suffer severe, life-threatening injuries than drivers or bicyclists. When hit by a vehicle, pedestrians have no protection from vehicles that can way thousands of pounds, which can cause serious, even deadly consequences. Pedestrians do not even have the common protection of cyclists who wear a helmet.

A High Number of Pedestrians

Pedestrians in larger cities like San Diego are at a greater risk of injury because of the increased population, size of the city, and the number of drivers on the road. Thanks to the warm and sunny weather we enjoy year-round in California, people tend to spend more time outdoors. Not to mention, many people in the city live within walking distance to restaurants, shopping, and other high-traffic areas. With public transport in the San Diego area, there are also numerous people walking to and from bus stops and waiting for the downtown trolley. All of these factors considered, it is not surprising that California had the highest rate of pedestrian fatalities in 2015 at 813 deaths.

While pedestrians have little power to avoid accidents, holding liable parties responsible can help prevent these incidents from injuring others in the future.

Common Causes of Pedestrian Accidents

The most common causes of pedestrian accidents include:

  • Tripping on cracked or uneven sidewalks
  • Falling off of curbs or steps
  • Getting hit by a car
  • Stepping in a pot hole
  • Being hit by a cyclist

While pedestrians have little power to avoid accidents, holding liable parties responsible can help prevent these incidents from injuring others in the future.

Contact Us to Learn More

If you or someone you love was hurt in a pedestrian accident in San Diego, contact our law firm online or call (619) 272-4028 today. Our team can provide the in-depth knowledge you need to help you recover from your accident.