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Reducing the Risks of Pedestrian Accidents in San Jose

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pedestrian accidents, San Jose personal injury attorneys, traffic accidents, motor vehicle accidents, distracted drivingWalking is often recommended by doctors and healthy living aficionados as an excellent way to get exercise and to reduce stress. San Jose provides a temperate climate, with plenty of trails and pathways throughout the city’s neighborhoods to enjoy, but it is important to be aware of the potential dangers.

In accidents involving motor vehicles, pedestrians are at a high risk for serious and potentially fatal personal injuries. Unfortunately, these accidents impact dozens of people in our area each year. The following highlights who is most at risk, and what San Jose is doing to address the problem.

Risks Factors for Pedestrian Accidents

According to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 5,000 people are killed in pedestrian accidents around the country each year. This averages to roughly one of these accidents every 1.6 hours. These collisions often take place in motor vehicle accidents in which the driver is to blame, with pedestrians 1.5 times more likely to suffer serious and fatal injuries. The CDC reports that those most at risk for pedestrian accidents include:

  • Older adults: Those aged 65 and older represent nearly 20 percent of all pedestrian deaths;
  • Children: Roughly one out of every five children killed in traffic accidents each year was a pedestrian under the age of 15; and
  • Those under the influence: In nearly 50 percent of all pedestrian accident fatalities, alcohol, or drugs are involved.

Walking at night, in urban areas with increased traffic, and crossing at non-designated intersections all puts pedestrians at increased risks. In terms of the drivers involved, distracted driving, driving under the influence, and reckless driving behaviors such as running red lights or stop signs is often involved. In fatal pedestrian accidents, speeding and driving too fast for conditions often contributes to the severity of the injuries.

Pedestrian Accidents in San Jose

Traffic crash reports collected by the San Jose Police Department indicate the number of pedestrian accidents in our area has decreased after rising to alarming highs between 2013 and 2015. While pedestrian fatalities averaged roughly 22 per year over this time period, the SJPD reports 16 fatal pedestrian collisions during 2017. While this does not include the dozens of people who suffer serious and potentially disabling injuries as the result of pedestrian accidents, it does indicate proposed changes the city has been making might be working. Through the San Jose Vision Zero Program, officials have sought to make the following changes:

  • Increasing the number of sidewalks and walking paths;
  • Adding more designated crosswalks and pedestrian signals;
  • Slowing traffic through the use of added speed bumps and stop signs; and
  • Using traffic islands to improve pedestrian safety when crossing multilane roads.

If you or someone you care about has been injured in a pedestrian accident, reach out and contact Jachimowicz Law Group today. We can arrange a consultation with our talented San Jose personal injury attorneys who can help you hold reckless drivers accountable, so you can get the compensation you need to recover.

Source:

https://www.cdc.gov/motorvehiclesafety/pedestrian_safety/index.html

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