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Pedestrian Death in Folsom Boulevard Accident

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November 24, 2017
Edward Smith


Pedestrian Death in Folsom Boulevard Accident 

I’m Ed Smith, a Sacramento pedestrian accident lawyer. An accident in Sacramento recently resulted in a pedestrian death along Folsom Boulevard. I would like to take this opportunity to express my condolences to both the family and friends of the decedent.

Pedestrian Accident Details

According to a representative of the police department in Sacramento, the accident occurred at about 10:00 at night when the male pedestrian, 55, crossed South Folsom Blvd. in the vicinity of Julliard Drive despite having a red hand signal indicating a no-walk status. A driver on the boulevard made an effort to stop but was unable to do so and hit the pedestrian.

Identification of the Pedestrian

The pedestrian was declared dead at the accident site. As of the time of this report, the coroner in Sacramento has not released information as to the man’s identity.


The driver did not leave the accident scene. Authorities administered a test to see if the driver was impaired by drugs or alcohol. According to reports, the test was negative.

Pedestrian Safety

The Department of Transportation has made the safety of pedestrians a chief priority. In recent years, the number of pedestrians killed and injured in roadway accidents has increased. As of 2015, 5,376 pedestrians were killed in this country. The national average for pedestrian deaths was about 6,000 in 2016. In Sacramento County, out of 9,947 injured or killed in 2014, the last date that comprehensive data is available in the state, 440 were pedestrians. In the same period, according to the Office of Traffic Safety in California, in Sacramento, 193 pedestrians were injured and killed out of a total of 3,670. Reasons pedestrian accidents happened, according to UC Berkeley’s Transportation Injury Mapping System (TIMS), were pedestrian violations and yielding the right of way to pedestrians.

Things Pedestrians Need to Do to Stay Safe

Ways that pedestrians can stay safe are:

  • Wear clothing that makes you visible to drivers. Bright colors and reflective gear helps.
  • Carry a flashlight at night.
  • Make sure you are not hidden by parked cars, hedges or buses before you cross, giving drivers a chance to see you ahead of time.
  • Don’t walk while intoxicated.
  • Walk on the sidewalk. If you must use the pavement, walk facing traffic. It gives you an advantage.
  • Even if a crosswalk light indicates you can cross, still look both ways before you do.
  • Remember, just because you are in the crosswalk does not mean a driver will stop.
  • If the roadway has parking, watch for brake or parking lights to flash or an engine starting up. This goes for parking lots too.
  • Keep your eyes peeled for a vehicle that is turning. Sometimes, drivers are not paying attention.
  • Refrain from using earbuds to listen to music or talk on the cell phone. You won’t hear what is going on around you. Talking on the phone or texting distracts you also.

Tips for Drivers

Drivers are also responsible for pedestrian safety. A few tips drivers need to follow are:

  • Stay alert for pedestrians and not just in crosswalks.
  • Obey the speed limits and slow down when you are approaching a crosswalk.
  • Yield to pedestrians when you are making a turn.
  • Make sure a pedestrian has not entered the crosswalk.
  • Stay sober when driving.
  • Don’t talk on a cell phone or text.

Sacramento Pedestrian Accident Lawyer

I’m Ed Smith, a Sacramento pedestrian accident lawyer. Pedestrian injuries can be devastating. If you were injured in a pedestrian accident or if a loved one died due to a negligent driver, phone my office for free and friendly advice at (916) 921-6400 in the city and surrounding area, or call (800) 404-5400 anywhere in the country.

I’ve been here as an personal injury lawyer for residents of Sacramento and individuals in the northern part of the state for 35 years. I’ve helped them through wrongful deaths and catastrophic injuries such as traumatic brain injury.

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