Pedestrian Fatalities On Track to Exceed 2018 Levels
Although communities throughout the Coachella Valley have worked diligently to improve pedestrian safety, current data is pointing towards a troubling conclusion: the number of pedestrian fatalities in the Coachella Valley is set to exceed 2018 levels. To date, the 29 pedestrian fatalities occurring in 2016 set the bar for the highest number of deaths over the past decade.
Evaluating Car Accident Data and Pedestrian Fatalities
In October of this year, the Coachella Valley was one fatality away from establishing the second highest number of pedestrian deaths over the past decade. Given the seemingly pattern-less nature of these deaths, experts are at a loss as to what specific trend or action may be leading to these unfortunate tragedies. In the vast majority of these cases, the drivers involved in the accident have stopped to speak with authorities and help in whatever way possible. Only in a fractional percentage of these incidents have the drivers involved attempted to flee the scene. In these situations, law enforcement has worked quickly to apprehend the perpetrators.
Simple Steps for Staying Safe
Although the statistics may point to a troubling trend, pedestrians have the resources and strategies they need to stay safe and avoid these types of life-threatening situations. Whenever you are out walking near auto traffic, you should always:
- Avoid being distracted by phones and other electronic devices.
- Keep children next to adults. Hold hands as needed in order to ensure that children do not walk into the crosswalk.
- Wear light-reflective clothing if biking or jogging late at night.
- Always look both directions before crossing the street.
- Follow all traffic safety laws with respect to crosswalks and stoplights.
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DISCLAIMER: The Walter Clark Legal Group blog is intended for general information purposes only and is not intended as legal or medical advice. References to laws are based on general legal practices and vary by location. Information reported comes from secondary news sources. We do handle these types of cases, but whether or not the individuals and/or loved ones involved in these accidents choose to be represented by a law firm is a personal choice we respect. Should you find any of the information incorrect, we welcome you to contact us with corrections