Walking around San Francisco is a lovely way to see the city. It is important, however, that everyone who decides to stroll about take appropriate steps to remain safe. It is also vitally important that all drivers take the necessary steps to keep pedestrians safe.
Who is likely to be involved in a pedestrian accident?
Children, the elderly and people who are alcohol-impaired are most likely to be involved in an accident. The elderly population accounted for 9 percent of pedestrian injuries in 2012 and 20 percent of pedestrian deaths in that same year.
How can pedestrians increase safety?
Pedestrians can carry a flashlight at night and wear reflective clothing to make themselves more visible to drivers. Walking on the sidewalk is another way to stay safe. If no sidewalk is available, the pedestrian should walk facing traffic on the shoulder of the road. Additionally, crossing the street at crosswalks or intersections can increase safety.
Does alcohol increase the likelihood of a pedestrian accident?
Alcohol and vehicle speed can both increase the likelihood of a pedestrian accident. Higher vehicle speeds can lead to more serious injuries. When it comes to alcohol, it should be noted that in 48 percent of fatal pedestrian accidents, either the pedestrian or the driver had been drinking.
Pedestrians who get struck by a vehicle might opt to pursue compensation for their injuries if the driver of the vehicle was acting in a negligent manner. Knowing how to seek compensation can help you as you work through the process.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Pedestrian Safety,” accessed May. 21, 2015