Recently, the San Gabriel Valley Tribune reported on two male pedestrians who died in local accidents. California, along with three other states, accounts for 42 percent of nationwide pedestrian deaths, according to Governors Highway Safety Association. These fatalities are an important reminder that both drivers and pedestrians need to ensure they are being careful on the roadways at all times.
Fatal Pedestrian Accidents a Tragic Reminder to Put Safety First
According to the report in the San Gabriel Valley Tribune, the first incident happened at 9:00 PM on a Thursday evening and occurred on Azusa Avenue, just to the south of Fairgrove Ave. The pedestrian killed in this incident was 62 years old. West Covina police said he was moving across several lanes of traffic when he was struck by a southbound sedan traveling in the left lane. The victim was not in a designated crosswalk at the time of the fatal accident. The driver of the sedan was cooperative with police and stayed at the crash scene.
The second fatality occurred the following Friday morning at 7:00 AM. In this case, the pedestrian was in a marked crosswalk at the time of the deadly accident. He was in his late 50s or in his early 60s and was hit by a vehicle heading south on Sunset Avenue. The vehicle that hit him was a pickup truck. The driver of the truck also remained at the crash scene and cooperated with law enforcement officers. The victim was rushed to the hospital, but was pronounced dead on arrival.
Pedestrian accidents like these happen far too often throughout California and motorists and walkers alike need do everything they can do to avoid them. Edmunds has tips for both pedestrians and drivers including the following:
- Avoid drinking and driving or drinking and walking. As many as 15 percent of drivers who hit pedestrians have a blood alcohol concentration above the legal limit. Drunk pedestrians are also at elevated risk of being hit.
- Obey speed limits: If a car is going 17 MPH, the risk a pedestrian will get hurt if hit by the car is 10 percent. If a car is going 48 MPH, there is a 90 percent risk of pedestrian injury if the car strikes the walker. Slowing down means less chance of hitting and/or seriously injuring a pedestrian.
- Pay attention: Distracted driving and distracted walking are both big problems. Studies have shown over 50 percent of adults who use cell phones while moving either bump into something or someone.
- Get out of a disabled car on the passenger side. If a driver has a breakdown and pulls to the right, he usually opens the door onto a roadway. In doing this, he becomes a pedestrian at risk of getting hurt.
By following these tips, hopefully pedestrians and drivers can reduce the risk of injury-causing collisions.