Pedestrian accidents high in California

Pedestrian accidents are all too common in Oakland and throughout California. Last year, an estimated 700 pedestrians were killed in accidents in California. 

A new study by the Governor's Highway Safety Association found that California has a high number of fatal pedestrian accidents. In fact, the state "has one of the highest number of pedestrian deaths  in the country," according to the recent report

The California Office of Highway Safety said the high rate of pedestrian fatalities is because of the state's large population. They reported that while the state has the highest number of pedestrian deaths, the rate of fatalities is actually below the average of the United States. 

This finding shows the dangers pedestrians face. While the report did not state the reasons for the high number of pedestrian fatalities, there are likely several contributing factors. 

Distracted driving, drunk driving and failure to obey traffic laws like stopping for pedestrians are all common causes of pedestrian accidents. Pedestrians should be aware of the hazards and make sure they follow traffic laws to keep themselves protected. 

Drivers also need to take steps to keep everyone safe on the road. Drivers need to stop for pedestrians in crosswalks and when they are crossing the road. It is also important to leave enough space when pedestrians are walking on the side of the road. 

Drivers can be held liable for pedestrian accidents depending on the cause of the crash. If the driver was negligent or reckless, he or she could not only face criminal charges but he or she could also be named in a personal injury lawsuit by the victim and their family.