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Pedestrian accidents remain a common problem in California

Walking along or across the street shouldn't be an activity that causes fear. After all, we expect motorists to act with a certain level of care that gives us a sense of protection. Therefore, most of us enter crosswalks and walk along sidewalks without much thought of the possibility of being injured or killed in a pedestrian accident. Yet, the very grim reality is that pedestrian accidents are more common than many people think, which may make you think twice about crossing the street.

The statistics related to pedestrian accidents are startling. From 2007 to 2016, pedestrian deaths increased by 27 percent. This is especially troublesome since other accident fatalities decreased by 14 percent during that same time period. The nearly 6,000 pedestrian deaths seen in 2016, which is the most recent year of available data, makes up 16 percent of all traffic deaths. California ranks high on the list of pedestrian fatalities, with nearly two-and-a-half deaths for every 100,000 people. Los Angeles, San Diego and Orange Counties all rank in the top 10 for pedestrian deaths.

Perhaps most concerning is the fact that while pedestrian deaths continue to increase, so, too, do injuries suffered by pedestrians, which is no small thing. Those who are hurt in a pedestrian accident can suffer extensively. They may suffer from a brain injury or spinal cord injury, or they may wind up with broken bones and damage to muscles and ligaments. All of these victims can face very real physical, emotional and financial losses that can leave them overwhelmed.

However, there may be hope for these victims and their loved ones through the pursuit of a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit. Success on one of these claims is dictated by an individual's ability to prove certain legal requirements, which means that victims and their families need to be prepared to uncover and collect pertinent evidence and use it and relevant law to build a strong case.



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