Fatal Pedestrian Accident
Fatal Pedestrian Accident – A pedestrian fatality occurred on September 10, 2018, in the early hours of the morning along Arden Way. According to a report by the Sacramento police, the individual died at the site of the accident, and the road was shut down to traffic while detectives investigated the scene. The reason for the collision is being investigated by authorities. However, it has been determined that the driver of the vehicle that struck the pedestrian was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
I would like to take this opportunity to offer my condolences to the family and friends of the deceased at this time of sorrow.
Details of the Pedestrian Fatality Accident
The collision occurred several blocks east of Woodlake Park a few minutes after 12:30 in the morning. The county coroner’s office has not released the identity of the pedestrian at this time. Following the accident, the driver of the vehicle remained at the collision scene.
In 2017, according to the Governor’s Highway Safety Association, the number of pedestrian deaths has reached a 25-year high. Roughly 6,000 pedestrian deaths have occurred in the past few years. Although the number of pedestrian death is on the rise, other traffic fatalities are declining by as much as 14 percent. This is largely due to vehicle safety improvements. California was one of five states with the most pedestrian fatalities. Areas, where pedestrian deaths are highest, are described as urban, poor and with a high percentage of elderly walkers.
Sacramento Pedestrian Fatality Statistics
In Sacramento County, of 11,710 accident fatalities and injuries, 536 involved pedestrians. The county was ranked by the California Office of Traffic Safety as 24th out of 58 counties in the state. Of these 536 accidents, 71 involved children under 15 years of age. Alternately, there were pedestrian accidents with people older than 65. This places the county at 35 out of 58.
Sacramento Pedestrian Fatality and Injury Statistics
In Sacramento, rankings show that pedestrian injuries and deaths are lower at 228. However, this reflects the injuries and deaths in a single city rather than an entire county. Sacramento ranks 7th out of 15 similarly sized cities, a percentage increase. Of the 228 pedestrian accidents, 27 pedestrians were under 15 years of age, with a rank of 6 out of 15. Thirty-percent of the pedestrians were 65 and older. This gives Sacramento a rank of four out of 15 similarly sized cities in the state for pedestrian injuries and fatalities.
Where Do Most Pedestrian Fatalities Occur?
In a pedestrian fatality, factors show that more deaths occur in particular situations and at different times of the day.
- Of all pedestrian fatalities, 75 percent occur at night.
- Roughly 76 percent occur in highly urban areas.
- 34 percent of pedestrian deaths occur during the winter.
- Of all pedestrian accidents, 72 percent occur at non-intersections.
- Males comprised 70 percent of pedestrian deaths.
- The highest number of pedestrian fatalities occurred in the 10-year-old to 14-year-old age range and among those 50 through 54.
Reasons for Increased Pedestrian Accidents
According to experts in the field, the increase in pedestrian accidents is a culmination of many factors. The improved economy is one of them. With more cars on the road, the chance that a crash will happen is increased. Couple that with the increased number of pedestrians from shoppers to city workers to those out walking for exercise, and you can see how the number of accidents has grown each year since 2014. Another is the overwhelming use of cell phones. More drivers and walkers can be seen with their eyes glued to their phones at most intersections, particularly when traffic is heavy. Aside from risky driving, especially speeding, distraction is becoming a major problem for pedestrians.
Sacramento Pedestrian Accident Lawyers
I’m Ed Smith, a Sacramento pedestrian accident lawyer. If you have been injured or a family member was killed in a Sacramento pedestrian fatality, you may want the insight and experience of an injury lawyer. You can contact me at (916) 921-6400 in the city and by using our toll-free line (800) 404-5400 nationwide for free and friendly advice.
I’ve been here for numerous Sacramento residents as they dealt with car, motorcycle and bicycle accidents as well as traumatic brain injuries. I work hard to ensure that my clients get the compensation they deserve.
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