A routine walk or jog is a normal activity for many people. Even so, California pedestrians could find themselves the victims of an auto accident when a negligent driver hits them. Someone could suffer from catastrophic injuries even when struck by a vehicle at low speeds. Worse, an accident might result in someone losing their life from the impact. Statistics show concerning figures regarding pedestrian fatalities.
Worrisome pedestrian fatality facts
A report posted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) noted that as of May 2023, motor vehicle collisions leading to pedestrian deaths increased by 80% since 2009. The number reflects 17% of all motor vehicle-related deaths. Urban areas account for a significant number of pedestrian-vehicle incidents since people find themselves close to many moving cars and trucks. Poor infrastructure might further increase the dangers to pedestrians.
The popularity of larger vehicles, such as SUVs and pickup trucks, may contribute to such figures. Larger vehicles have greater blind spots, which can result in delayed pedestrian detection. The added weight and mass from the vehicles could inflict fatal injuries. That said, even smaller models could cause deadly harm.
Negligence and pedestrian accidents
Pedestrian accidents could be avoidable when all parties show greater care. People who walk in poorly lit areas near traffic put themselves at risk — doing the same while intoxicated may increase those risks more. Still, even when a pedestrian does nothing wrong, the individual could be the victim of a negligent driver.
Negligence takes many forms, and moving violations would be some common examples. Not stopping at a stop sign could result in hitting a pedestrian crossing the street. Speeding makes stopping in time challenging. Distracted, fatigued and intoxicated drivers are also potentially dangerous. They may face severe civil consequences if their actions cause a fatality.