As someone who enjoys taking your bike out for a ride or walking along the pathways through the area, you usually feel safe but know that there is always a risk to you. If a driver isn’t paying attention or doesn’t see you, you could end up involved in a serious collision.
With no protection against the impact of a vehicle, you could be left with significant injuries or even be killed.
Do you know the pedestrian crash statistics in California?
In 2018, pedestrian fatalities decreased by 5% to 893 from 940 a year before in 2017. Interestingly, there was an increase in pedestrian fatalities involving older people. The increase was one fatality between 2017 and 2018.
What might be more interesting than looking just a pedestrian accidents is to also see that cycling has become riskier. Bicycle fatalities increased by 6.89%, rising up from 145 in 2017 to 155 in 2018.
What can you do to stay safer on or around the roads?
If you plan to be on or around the roads, one of the best things you can do is to make yourself more visible. To do this, make sure you wear bright colors or light, reflective items. You can walk in groups or even wave at drivers as you begin to step out into a crosswalk. Always do what you can to stand out, so you know that drivers see you.
If you do end up involved in a collision, you can look into your legal options, such as pursuing a personal injury lawsuit with the help of your attorney.