Vallejo Pedestrian Accidents
I’m Ed Smith, a Vallejo personal injury lawyer. The city of Vallejo has seen a sharp increase in fatal pedestrian accidents over the last year. By the middle of 2018, more than three times the amount of average pedestrian fatalities have taken place on city streets. While the city has taken steps to improve pedestrian safety including increasing officer patrols and improving street lights, pedestrians are still at-risk while walking on Vallejo roads. However, by knowing how and where pedestrian accidents usually happen, city residents can reduce their chances of being involved in a serious accident.
During the ten years spanning from the beginning of 2008 until the end of 2017, Vallejo was the site of 4,812 auto accidents that resulted in injuries. Out of these 4,812 crashes, nearly 10 percent (449) involved a pedestrian. During these 449 pedestrian accidents, 489 people were injured and all of them were pedestrians. These injuries included 77 severe injuries as well as 40 fatalities.
Additionally, around one-quarter of pedestrian accidents happened on a state-operated Highway in the city and almost all involved normal passenger vehicles.
Pedestrian Crash Locations
Locations in Vallejo where pedestrian crashes frequently take place include:
- Sonoma Boulevard from Capitol Street to York Street
- Sonoma Boulevard from Nebraska Street to Tennessee Street
- Redwood Street near Highway 29
- The Highway 29/Highway 37/Lewis Brown Drive junction
- Sereno Drive at Broadway Street
- Springs Road from Hartwood Avenue to Maple Avenue
- Sonoma Boulevard from Lemon Street to Magazine Street
The traffic violation that most commonly caused traumatic pedestrian crashes in Vallejo was drivers not yielding the right-of-way to pedestrians inside of crosswalks. This violation accounted for about 40 percent of the accidents in question. Failure to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks was nearly twice as common as the next-most-common violation, failure to yield in other roadway areas.
Other common causes included speeding, making dangerous turns, and driving under the influence.
Common Pedestrian Injuries
Pedestrians are extremely vulnerable when accidents occur and can suffer severe injuries even when vehicles are driving at low speeds. Injuries that pedestrians often receive as a result of being struck by a vehicle include:
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
- Bone fractures
- Amputation injuries
- Nerve damage
- Spinal cord injuries (SCI)
- Damage to internal organs
Many of these injuries can come with complications that involve severe, chronic pain and disabilities that majorly affect a person’s life. Examples of these complications include paresis, brain damage, scarring, and paralysis as well as mental health issues such as anxiety and depression.
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Vallejo Personal Injury Lawyer
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