Articles Posted in Motor Vehicle versus Pedestrian Collisions

Cirby Way Pedestrian Fatality

Cirby Way Pedestrian Fatality

Cirby Way Pedestrian Fatality

I’m Ed Smith, a Roseville Pedestrian Accident Attorney. The pedestrian who passed away after being struck by a car on a busy Roseville street last weekend has been identified. According to the Placer County Sheriff’s Office the name of the decedent is Christopher Williams, 23, a resident of Roseville.

Stockton Pedestrian Dies

Stockton Pedestrian Dies

Stockton Pedestrian Dies

I’m Ed Smith, a Stockton pedestrian accident attorney.  A 57-year-old pedestrian lost his life in Stockton during the early morning hours of Sunday, April 17, 2016.

Sacramento Pedestrian Fatality
I’m Ed Smith. A Sacramento pedestrian fatality is always a tragedy. As a Sacramento Pedestrian Accident Lawyer for over thirty years, I have handled hundreds of vehicle versus pedestrian cases. Did you know that every 8 minutes a pedestrian is injured in our country? The new year has barely started and unfortunately we are already getting news of vehicle versus pedestrian accidents in Sacramento, California.

Sacramento Pedestrian Fatality

An unidentified man was fatally injured while walking in Sacramento along Interstate 80 on January 4, 2015.

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Pedestrian Accident in South Sacramento Fog

Both driver and pedestrian must follow rules of the road.  A driver is usually held to a higher degree of duty than a pedestrian. What happens when fog is a factor in an accident?

How can we protect ourselves, as pedestrians, from being hit and killed by a car? How can we protect ourselves, as motorists, from hitting or killing someone with our car? These are the questions we may be asking ourselves.

Rancho Cordova: Bicyclist and Light Rail Train CollideIn late October of this year, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) was awarded a federal grant for improvement of pedestrian and bicyclist safety throughout California.

The grant will be used in large part to provide additional education for pedestrians, cyclists and motor vehicle drivers.  

The grant was awarded following an increase in the number of traffic collisions involving bicyclists and pedestrians.  In 2013, over 750 pedestrians (representing a 6.6% increase from 2012) and more than 150 bicyclists (a 10.6% jump) were killed in traffic collisions.   

Citrus Heights Vehicle Versus Pedestrian Death
Citrus Heights Vehicle Versus Pedestrian Death

On Thursday, August 27, 2015 at approximately 11:05 p.m. a vehicle hit and killed a pedestrian along Auburn Boulevard at about Twin Oaks Avenue.  Shortly thereafter, the man was pronounced dead at the scene by Metro Fire District.  We understand the deceased suffered fatal injuries consistent with being hit by a car.

Citrus Heights Police Department conducted an investigation of the scene the next morning. Officers shut down Auburn Boulevard right near the Roseville border for several hours. Investigators believe the man killed was not utilizing the pedestrian cross walk at the time of the accident. They further believe that this pedestrian may have already been down in the roadway for some unknown reason before being struck by the vehicle that fatally killed him.

Yesterday I was driving eastbound on Laguna Boulevard in Elk Grove.  As I was approaching the Franklin Boulevard intersection I spotted a very young child  on a bike.  He was riding his bicycle through the crosswalk. My first thought was he should be walking his bike through the crosswalk.   As I proceeded past him, I noticed he was crossing against a Don’t Walk sign. Iit is not always the motorist who is in the wrong in a crosswalk accident.  Bicyclists should obey traffic laws that are designed to keep them safe or risk severe consequences, injuries and even death.

Elk Grove PD Enforcement Operations

On Wednesday, August 19, 2015 Elk Grove Police Department sent patrol officers out to enforce a Pedestrian & Bicycle Safety operation at the scene of some disturbing pedestrian and bicycling accidents that have been occurring in recent years.

or — Why am I Sitting at a Red Light?

traffic signals and timingTraffic signals and timing may be controlled in a variety of different ways depending upon the city or county where you’re driving.  The most familiar setup is a control box located near the intersection where the folks in charge of local roadways can set a program of signal light changes and times for different times of day based upon past traffic volume data.  Many localities, however, are trying to be more quickly reactive to changing traffic conditions by setting up live monitoring and signal control at important intersections.  In Sacramento County, California, for example, the Traffic Operations Center uses more than 100 traffic cameras to monitor live conditions on the county’s roadways in order to directly control traffic signals and timing at most of at those intersections.  In addition to being able to react more accurately to changing traffic volume, this type of system is especially helpful when unexpected conditions occur such as accidents, weather events, fires, or other situations that may suddenly change traffic.

traffic signals and timingIn addition to the signal programming — and live cameras where those are installed — an important feedback element for traffic signals and timing is the system of sensors built into the roadway that detect vehicles approaching intersections.  Not only do these help trigger the light changes, they also provide the local transportation agency with live information about the volume and speed of traffic passing over the sensors.  The green, yellow and red traffic information we can see on live traffic maps is drawn from this constantly updated information.

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