If you were thinking of going for an evening walk after dinner tonight, consider these numbers:
- 5,376: the number of pedestrians killed in motor vehicle collisions in the US in 2015
- 13: the number of people hit by cars who died every day in the US in 2014
- 70,000: the number of pedestrians injured in car crashes in the US in 2015
- 15%: the percentage of all US traffic fatalities in 2015 that were pedestrian deaths
- 7.5 minutes: the length of time until the next pedestrian is injured in a car wreck in the US
- 1.6 hours: the length of time until the next pedestrian is killed in a car wreck in the US
- 17: California’s rank out of the 50 states and Washington D.C. in terms of Pedestrian Danger Index (PDI) (the smaller the number, the more dangerous for pedestrians)
- 18: Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, California’s rank in the PDI list of 104 largest metro areas in the country
- 51: Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, California’s rank in the PDI list of 104 largest metro areas in the country
These statistics were compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (http://www.iii.org/issue-update/auto-crashes) and the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) (Dangerous by Design 2016). The ASLA calculates the PDI by looking at the share of local commuters who walk to work and the most recent data on pedestrian deaths.
According to the ASLA and other experts, most pedestrian deaths are preventable. After analyzing 47,000 pedestrian deaths in the US from 2003 – 2012, the ASLA determined that most of those deaths were preventable if streets were designed more safely for pedestrians (Dangerous by Design 2014).
According to the Dangerous By Design 2016 report, Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario has gotten much more dangerous on the metropolitan-area PDI scale since 2014. In the ranking of states according to the PDI, California as a whole became more dangerous for pedestrians between 2014 and 2016. It is worth noting that as a state, California has the second highest pedestrian fatality rate per 100,000 people aged 65 and older, coming only behind Hawaii.
Recommendations for improving the safety of pedestrians include
- Public awareness campaigns to encourage safe, focused and sober driving
- Designing roads in communities with natural deterrents to speeding
- Installing median islands and reducing the number of lanes for cars in areas with heavy pedestrian traffic
- Strict enforcement of all traffic laws
- Creating safe pathways for pedestrians that are separated from traffic, including wide sidewalks and curb extensions
- Installing traffic signals designed to encourage pedestrian safety
Pedestrians and drivers can encourage neighborhoods, cities and counties to examine the number of pedestrians injured and killed in car accidents in their areas. Working together, communities can reduce the number of pedestrian accidents. Attorneys can play an important role in this work along with others who help victims of car crashes involving pedestrians.
Accidents harming pedestrians occur every day, especially in the Los Angeles area. If you or a loved one has been injured, get the help that you need from the pedestrian accident attorneys at Cerritos Legal. Call today at 562-865-9356 for your free consultation.
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