- POSTED: October 2, 2017
- CATEGORY:CAR ACCIDENTS
- POSTED BY:TheChoyceLawFirm
- Pedestrian deaths are increasingly becoming more and more serious.
- There were 2,368 pedestrians killed from Jan-June in 2015, a 6% increase from the year before.
- In California, 23% of all motor vehicle fatalities were pedestrians.
- Pedestrian fatalities now account for 15% of total traffic deaths.
- About ⅓ of pedestrian deaths occur after dark.
- 70% of those victims were male.
- ⅓ of pedestrian fatalities were a result of a drunk driver.
- Pedestrians are three times more likely to die when struck by vehicles moving at 40 mph as they are by vehicles moving at 25 mph
- Witness testimonies
- Driver statements
- Photos of the scene
- Photos of the vehicle
- Photos of your injuries
- And anything else that can prove the driver was negligent!
- Drivers must yield the right of way to pedestrians crossing in a marked crosswalk, or unmarked crosswalks at intersections
- While pedestrians must use due care for their safety, drivers approaching a pedestrian within any marked or unmarked crosswalk must also exercise due care and shall reduce the speed of their vehicle or take any other action to safeguard the safety of the pedestrian
- If a vehicle is stopped at a marked or unmarked crosswalk to let pedestrians cross, other drivers must not pass the stopped vehicle
- Even when pedestrians are walking outside a crosswalk, drivers are expected to exercise due care