Sacramento Pedestrian Injured Near Stockton Boulevard
A Sacramento pedestrian was reported as being injured when he was struck by a vehicle along Walter Avenue near the intersection with Stockton Boulevard on November 29 shortly after 9:30 in the morning. The Sacramento Fire Department arrived at the scene to assess the pedestrian’s injuries, and he was transported to the UC Davis Medical Center for further evaluation and treatment, according to the California Highway Patrol (CHP). The hospital reported that the male patient had suffered injuries consistent with a traffic collision. No information has yet been released on the identity of the man who was struck or his condition.
Sacramento Pedestrian Accidents
Two hundred and twenty-eight pedestrians were injured or killed in Sacramento in 2015, the last year data was compiled by the California Office of Traffic Safety. Of these, 27 were less than 15 years of age and 30 were over 65. In 2017, the number of pedestrian deaths nearly doubled. The city and the police are taking steps to decrease the number of pedestrian accidents such as the Wait for the Walk program initiated last year.
Main Reasons Sacramento Pedestrian Accidents Happen
One of the main reasons walking in the city is dangerous relates to the lack of protection a pedestrian has when in an accident with a motor vehicle. Another is the failure of many drivers to look out for pedestrians, particularly outside of intersections. Speed is also a factor. As a driver’s speed increases, the risk of a serious pedestrian injury also rises. One study showed that at 20 mph, there is a 5-percent chance a pedestrian will die. However, when the speed is increased by 20 mph, that risk of a pedestrian fatality rises to 85 percent. Some cities, such as New York, have lowered urban speed limits to 25 mph for this purpose.
Drinking and Sacramento Pedestrian Accidents
Drinking is a problem for pedestrian safety. Although 15 percent of drivers are impaired in a pedestrian accident, more pedestrians are drinking and out walking. The Governors Highway Association reports that approximately 34 percent of pedestrians who died had a blood alcohol level above the legal limit. Marijuana use was also a critical factor in pedestrian accidents as were other legal and illegal drugs.
Cell Phone Use and Sacramento Pedestrian Accidents
Cell phone use is linked to the rise in pedestrian accidents. Texting while driving is banned in almost all states as is using a cell phone for any other reason that is not hands-free. In some areas, such as Hawaii, walking and texting is also illegal. Other cities and states are looking into including this in laws against cell phone use. A reason for this concern is that pedestrians need to be aware of their surroundings. If they are busily texting or talking on the phone, the likelihood this awareness will occur is diminished. Using earbuds in both ears to listen to music, while not an infraction, is another distraction pedestrians face.
Examples of Pedestrian Injuries
Examples of pedestrian injuries are partly dependent on the age of the pedestrian and the speed and size of the vehicle. Some common injuries are:
Sacramento Pedestrian Accident Lawyer
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